Business secretary Vince Cable has launched the fifth annual Apprenticeship Week at the London offices
of Channel 4.
The event was attended by representatives from the creative sectors and apprentices themselves, with Skillset and the National Apprenticeships Service promising to deliver 500 trainee positions across 300 organisations.
A large proportion of the companies are small in size and so will be able to apply for £1,500 as an incentive to take on an apprentice during 2012-2013.
Mr Cable commented: "Not only do [apprenticeships] provide individuals with the skills they need for prosperous and rewarding careers, they also boost businesses' profits and drive growth in the wider economy."
Firms with London offices
have proven to be significant supporters of apprentice placements.
Mayor of the capital Boris Johnson revealed in the autumn of last year that in just over 12 months, more than 40,000 apprenticeships had been created at London offices
This made London the fastest-growing UK region for the development of apprentice placements. However, Mr Johnson said he expected this increase to continue, with him aiming for roles for around 100,000 individuals to be made available by the end of 2012.
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