The prime minister recently unveiled new plans for reforms to the existing apprenticeship system.

Announced during a visit to the BMW Mini car plant in Oxford, David Cameron said that the UK would soon be seeing a new kind of high-quality apprenticeship, with a grading system based on ability and skill.

The tougher apprenticeships will be offered in 2014 by 60 different firms, and will run alongside existing apprenticeships. However, these tougher apprenticeships will be graded upon completion as pass, merit, or distinction.

“The reforms we’re announcing today will put employers in the driving seat and ensure that we deliver rigorous training that supports you and our economy for years to come", said Mr Cameron.

He went on to say that: “I think apprenticeships can be a big part not just of tackling unemployment but also in making sure our recovery is for all.”

The overall goal of these new apprenticeships is to train learners efficiently and effectively while simplifying the process for employers in an effort to meet the needs of today’s economy.

Those interested in learning more about these reformed apprenticeships may refer to a full report, “The Future of Apprenticeships in England: Implementation Plan."