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CBI: Government needs to go further to boost growth through helping employers recruit young people

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The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has responded to the Government’s proposals on apprentices, saying more could be done to include employers of any size.

As part of the Government's plan for growth the it has pledged to taking action to make it easier for companies to take on apprentices, and ensure that the quality of apprenticeships is continually improved.

Susan Anderson, CBI director for education and skills, said: "At a time of record high youth unemployment, the introduction of a £1,500 incentive payment to small companies which take on young people is welcome news, but this should go further to include employers of any size. We're calling on the Government to introduce a Young Britain Credit, which would encourage both small and medium-sized firms to recruit young Britons and support training of young people in larger firms.

"At the same time, the Government must reduce the bureaucracy around taking on these new employees, especially regarding audit, inspection and data collection, so that the incentive payment does not get eaten up by these costs.

"Young people who fail to reach a good level in English and maths by age 16 need a variety of fresh approaches to help them get there, including more practical literacy and numeracy training which could be supported by apprenticeships. We need to ensure they're not subjected to more of the same when a school-based approach has failed in the past."