"Conservative proposals to encourage and support small and medium sized businesses to offer apprenticeships are good. SMEs need specialised support to offer successful schemes, but at the moment they find the system too bureaucratic."The reputation of a good apprenticeship must not be undermined by the need to meet targets. We wouldn't want to see young adults put through classroom led apprenticeships with only a small amount of work based learning just because they are easier to deliver. Real commitment to employer led apprenticeships is vital, otherwise the system will fail our young adults."