Apprenticeships

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 Pat McFadden Pat McFadden Labour, Wolverhampton South East 10:30 am, 17th February 2011

I am sure that the House will welcome the emphasis on apprenticeships, which shows the Government carrying on the work that we did. However, does the Minister not think it is shocking that, in figures given to me this morning by his colleague the Secretary of State, the Government have confirmed the true picture that there will be 529,000 fewer adult learners being funded by the Government in two years' time? Does not that show that the emphasis on apprenticeships is being paid for by cutting opportunity elsewhere? How does that prepare people for today's labour market?