Aisleen Pugh and Tracy White: The real cost of apprenticeships under new government plans

The government has announced that, as part of its long-term economic plan, it plans to create three million new apprenticeships by 2020. It was announced in the Queen’s Speech on 27 May 2015 that new legislation, namely the Full Employment and Welfare Benefits Bill, will introduce various duties on ministers to report annually on progress towards this target and also on achieving “full employment” in the UK and the highest employment rate in the G7.