Alistair Darling has announced that an extra 60m will be spent on improving skills levels of the country's workforce.
In a speech that was scant on detail as to how this would be spent in practice, he said the government wanted to ensure that every UK adult had the opportunity to access investment in their skills.
The chancellor pledged 60m over the next three years to enable "leading employers" to take on new apprentices.
In a development of the government's Train to Gain initiative, the investment will provide new opportunities for people to realise their talents, offer adults a second chance to retrain and will be used to test new ways of delivering training.
The Confederation of British Industry said that the move would ensure public funding follows the needs of employers and employees mor...