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Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Employment and Learning: Conservative Government (11 May 2015)

Stephen Farry: ...a very strong imperative across the UK as a whole to continue investing in skills. There may well be some opportunities from new approaches around, for example, tax incentives for employers around apprenticeships, or, indeed, other funding schemes that we may be able to draw on. Equally, I am concerned about what could become a much more radical approach to employment law with its...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Employment and Learning: Skills Potential (11 May 2015)

Stephen Farry: ...that we do as a Department. Let me say briefly that the Department as a whole is focused entirely on investing in skills and bringing people closer to the labour market, whether that be through apprenticeships and youth training or what we do through the colleges, higher education institutions and universities. It is all about making the economy much more efficient, matching supply and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Employment and Learning: Apprenticeships: Update (11 May 2015)

Apprenticeships: Update

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Employment and Learning: Employment: Barriers (11 May 2015)

Stephen Farry: ...on developing the new strategy has been informed by some international examples and best practice. We are keen to learn from how things are done in other societies. If you look at our work on apprenticeships and youth training, you will also see that type of approach in action.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Employment and Learning: Apprenticeships/Vocational Training: Update (13 April 2015)

Apprenticeships/Vocational Training: Update

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Employment and Learning: Workplace Mentoring (13 April 2015)

Stephen Farry: I am very happy to give the Member that reassurance. It is also important to read the new strategy on apprenticeships and the forthcoming strategy on youth training in conjunction with another piece of work that we are working on in the Department: the development of a disability, skills and employment strategy. We are seeking to make additional investments to mentoring to support people...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Employment and Learning: E-books: Universities (13 April 2015)

Stephen Farry: ...In some ways, it is perhaps slightly more adaptable in the sense that it has part-time provision. Because of the nature of some of the new opportunities that are emerging through, for example, our apprenticeships strategy, particularly higher-level apprenticeships, it can take up some of those opportunities. It also has a much stronger tradition of virtual learning than many of the more...

Finance (No. 2) Bill — Second Reading (and Remaining Stages) (26 March 2015)

Lord Haskel: ...announcements which may help the nation’s economy. The Minister has mentioned some, but there are others: help for northern cities and the energy-intensive industries; encouraging online sharing; apprenticeship vouchers; and, yes, the tax avoidance that he spoke about. But that is not a strategy. It is not a coherent whole; it is not a clear vision; it is just reacting to events. The...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Engineering (26 March 2015)

Nicholas Boles: Apprenticeship starts in engineering and manufacturing technologies have increased by 52% since 2010. In 2014, there was a 10% increase in new students studying engineering at university, following an 11% increase in 2013.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Infrastructure Development (26 March 2015)

George Freeman: .... It is part of 460 billion package, with 12 billion in city deals and local growth funds and 1 billion in broadband. As he says, this is alongside our investment in vocational training and apprenticeships in engineering to put our economy back on its feet.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Basic Maths and English Skills (26 March 2015) See 4 other results from this debate

Nicholas Boles: ...acquire that good grasp of English and maths not as adults, but at an earlier stage of their education. That is why we have made English and maths essential components of college study programmes, apprenticeships and traineeships.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (26 March 2015) See 3 other results from this debate

Matthew Hancock: ...moved to China, production of the next generation London black cab is being secured for Britain in Ansty, with a 250 million investment by Geely in the London Taxi Company creating 1,000 new jobs and apprenticeships.

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Communities and Local Government: Housing and Planning Delivery (26 March 2015)

Eric Pickles: ...a share of 4.4 million funding to develop local development orders for housing on brownfield land. Awards to a further nine councils have just been agreed. We have delivered a comprehensive package of policies to help get empty homes and buildings back into use and successfully reduced the number of empty homes to their lowest level since records began. We have: • Provided...

Budget Statement — Motion to Take Note (25 March 2015) See 2 other results from this debate

Baroness Thornton: ...part-time work than ever before and more young women are being left behind under this Government. Half a million young women aged between 18 and 24 are not in education, work or training, which is higher than when Labour left office. While this Government boast about the apprenticeships they have created, they are prepared to tolerate a stark gender divide within apprenticeships, with...

Bill Presented: Clause 6 — Charge for financial year 2016 (25 March 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Fiona O'Donnell: ...means that they are disadvantaged when it comes to procurement contracts. If they take on small housing developments in the community, the people working on the construction sites will often be local young men and women who are benefiting from an apprenticeship and learning skills, and they will be spending money in that local community. The healthy cycle of the rural economy is thus given...

Bill Presented: Finance (No. 2) Bill (25 March 2015) See 2 other results from this debate

Ian Swales: ...Fiscal Studies has been saying so since January. The 1,600 figure was never about the total; it was about average incomes, which have, of course, been affected by the huge fall in youth unemployment, the huge rise in the number of apprenticeships, and the huge fall in bank bonuses. The Opposition’s stance does not bear scrutiny. I have been asked to be brief. Let me end by...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 March 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

David Cameron: ...in this country are paying more tax under this Government than they paid under the last Government. We have set out our plans for tax cuts: if you are young and you work hard, you will get an apprenticeship; if you are a family, we will take you out of tax until you earn 12,500. I do not want to see middle-income families drawn into the top rate of tax. We have made our promises....

[Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] — North Wales Economic Infrastructure (25 March 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Owen Smith: ...involvement of the UK in Europe need to be eradicated. Another point made with great force and vigour by my hon. Friend the Member for Alyn and Deeside was the need for investment in education and apprenticeships in north Wales and throughout the UK. The connections that have already been made between companies such as Toyota and Airbus and the local colleges, Coleg Cambria and Glyndwr...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Adult Education: Hackney (25 March 2015)

Nicholas Boles: ...received on 23 March 2015 The skills funding agency allocates funding in response to learner demand and in accordance with Government priorities, including the importance of growing apprenticeships. Allocations for colleges in Hackney South and Shoreditch constituency since 2010 can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sfa-funding-alloc...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Adult Education: Lancashire (25 March 2015)

Nicholas Boles: ...scheme to support 4,000 employees aged 19 and over in small and medium-sized businesses to develop the skills that will give those businesses the confidence to grow. In addition, 610 adults started apprenticeships in Pendle in 2013/14 and 7,780 in Lancashire as a whole. 6,150 adults participated in FE and Leaning in 2013/14 in Pendle and 74,840 in Lancashire.

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