An inquiry has been launched into the Government’s target of three million apprentices by 2020 following “uncertainty” over how the system will work.

An inquiry has been launched into the “ambitious” apprenticeships target, following concerns about how the Government intends to achieve its aims.

The creation of three million apprenticeships by 2020 was one of the Conservative Party’s key pledges during the election campaign last year, however, critics have said that standards could be affected in the drive to achieve these high numbers.

Now, a sub-committee has launched an inquiry into the apprenticeship system, which will look at how the Government proposes to achieve this target and how it may affect industries with a skills shortage.

The group will also look at how standards in the apprenticeship system can be maintained and enforced and will also consider the proposals for the new apprenticeships levy first reported in the summer Budget.

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