The Government has set out plans to boost the quantity and quality of apprenticeships in a new report outlining schemes aimed at both employers and trainees.

The report - English Apprenticeships: Our 2020 Vision - comes as ministers seek to create three million extra apprenticeships by 2020.

It details how apprenticeships will allow businesses to increase the number of skilled workers on their staff.

It says that in a bid to develop standards, employers in sectors such as construction will be encouraged to come together to design apprenticeships that meet their needs.

In addition to support already offered by the National Apprenticeship Service and the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers, firms will be able to take advantage of the Digital Apprenticeship Service.

This online portal, to be launched in October 2016, will allow employers to choose an apprenticeship before selecting and paying for a training provider.

There are also plans for the public sector to play an increased role in hiring apprentices.

These proposals include the Department for Transport’s Skills Strategy, which lays out its target of delivering 30,000 apprenticeships in the road and rail industry.

Businesses wishing to bid for relevant government contracts valued at more than £10 million will have to consider new public procurement rules which will take their contribution to skills into account.

Measures aimed at improving support for those looking to sign up to apprenticeships have also been set out.

Young people will be able to benefit from relevant careers advice provided by employers themselves.

A range of initiatives - including a new employer-led organisation called the Careers and Enterprise Company - will encourage the world of business to work more closely with students.

Due for publication in 2016, a government strategy will ensure careers advice in schools and colleges is relevant and engaging.

In the report, published by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills yesterday, there are a number of plans aimed at making sure all apprenticeships are of the highest quality.

Efforts to maintain the focus on standards will see the creation of an Apprenticeship Agreement and a Statement of Commitment to ensure the apprentice and the employer know what is expected of each other.

End-point assessments, which could include written exams or the production of a final project, will evaluate the performance of apprentices.

Writing in the foreword to the report, Business Secretary Sajid Javid and Education Secretary Nicky Morgan set out what they hope to achieve.

They wrote: “Our goal is for young people to see apprenticeships as a high quality and prestigious path to successful careers, and for these opportunities to be available across all sectors of the economy, in all parts of the country and at all levels.

“This will support our aim for young people to get the best start in life, through the opportunity that high quality education and training provide.”