The National Skills Strategy is the first step towards developing world-class vocational skills and closing the productivity gap, says the Engineering Employers Federation (EEF).
Announced today, the strategy gives employers greater choice and control over the training they receive and the way it is delivered, and removes the age threshold for the funding of Modern Apprenticeships.
It also introduces greater flexibility to enable employers to customise training units for different qualifications without losing the entitlement to funding, which currently only supports full qualifications.
EEF director general Martin Temple said: "The measures contained in the new Skills Strategy could provide a major boost for vocational skills in the UK. We welcome the new funding and entitlements for adults undertaking vocational qualifications.
“However, while the removal of age thresholds for Modern Apprenticeships is a crucial step towards addressing the shortage of skilled technicians, it must be backed by sufficient resources to allow employers and employees the chance to take advantage of it."