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Recession Is Putting Apprenticeship Targets in Doubt, Say MPs

Magazine article Public Finance

Recession Is Putting Apprenticeship Targets in Doubt, Say MPs

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The economic downturn has cast doubt on the likelihood of the government fulfilling its pledges on apprenticeships, two committees of MPs have said.

Both the children, schools & families and the innovation, universities, science & skills select committees scrutinised the Draft Apprenticeships Bill and published separate reports on December 5.

The IUSS committee voiced concerns about the lack of a specific provision in the Bill to encourage apprenticeships during an economic downturn.

Chair Phil Willis said: 'It is a challenging time to be introducing employer-led apprenticeships, particularly for small businesses, and every effort must be made to ensure they are supported and receive the necessary help.'

The committee recommended that the draft Bill be revised to place a duty on the National Apprenticeship Service to help small businesses provide quality apprenticeships.

The CSF committee said it had 'grave doubts' about whether the statutory duty on the Learning and Skills Council and successor bodies to secure apprenticeship places for anyone who wants one could be met. …

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