Apprentices are a method of training individuals, usually within a skilled profession, whilst they undertake work at the same time. Although they are often perceived as a way into employment for younger people, apprentices are open to all who are aged over 16.
The government is encouraging organisations to use apprentices as a method of creating a skilled workforce, with a governmental target of 3 million new apprenticeships by 2020.
In England, funding of apprenticeships has been amended in recent years, with the apprenticeship levy introduced for large employers and co-investment introduced for smaller employers.
The Institute for Apprenticeship was launched in 2017 as a non-department public body who aim to create and develop quality apprenticeships.