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Training provider JTL has welcomed the government’s plans for a London based Apprenticeship Task Force, but urges that more support will be needed to get employers onboard.

Skills Minister David Lammy launched a London Apprenticeship Taskforce to expand the numbers of apprenticeship places offered by employers.

However, some employers – particularly SMEs – are hoping the government will pledge their commitment to a wage subsidy scheme – easing the salary burden of new recruits.

JTL’s Director of Corporate Services, Caroline Turner, comments: “Though the cost of training an apprentice is free, with full funding by the Learning and Skills Council, employers are still responsible for their apprentices’ salaries and other associated costs. Easing the burden of these costs with the release of a wage subsidy programme will go some way to encouraging more employers to recruit apprentices, in particular in an area such as London where the...

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