Liberal Democrats promise to create 'apprenticeships boom'

The Lib Dems want to double the number of employers offering apprenticeships to young people. Credit: Peter Byrne / PA Wire/PA Images

Britain will become the apprenticeship powerhouse of Europe under Liberal Democrat plans to boost on-the-job training for young people, Vince Cable will has claimed.

Mr Cable said if his party wins its way back into government, it will double the number of employers offering apprenticeships to young people, which would mean 360,000 firms offering on-the-job training.

Liberal Democrat policy is focused on creating new colleges, higher level apprenticeships, and a focus on key areas of skill shortages such as digital, construction and engineering.

Employers who take on apprentices will be offered exemptions from National Insurance, while small businesses will be eligible for apprenticeship grants.