Prime Minister David Cameron will today pledge to spend an extra £85m to help small businesses take on apprentices.
The move is expected to form part of plans to create three million new apprentices in Britain by 2020.
The funds will add to the existing Apprenticeships Grants for Employers, which currently provide £1,500 per apprentice to small firms.
He will also announce a new Institute for Apprenticeships which will regulate standards of training.
Speaking just seven months after the election, Cameron will say: “I want to show that this is a government that delivers – and that’s exactly how we mean to go on.”