Part of Business, Innovation and Skills – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 17th February 2011.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes The Minister for Universities and Science, The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills 10:30 am, 17th February 2011

My hon. Friend is right. The previous Government's Leitch report made it absolutely clear that we need to boost intermediate and higher level skills as our economy becomes more advanced. I am working with the sector skills councils and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills to develop more high-level frameworks. The numbers doubled in the past year, but we must do more. Apprenticeships are critical to the nation's growth and prosperity.