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Amendment of the Law

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:55 pm on 23rd March 2011.

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Photo of Diana R. Johnson Diana R. Johnson Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 4:55 pm, 23rd March 2011

Like all hon. Members, I think apprenticeships are an excellent idea. Employers in Hull, however, will tell anyone that the new criteria that have to be fulfilled to take on an apprentice mean that many of the young people cannot get into the workplace. They may be with a training provider, but actually finding an apprenticeship with a business is proving very difficult. I do not know where these 250,000 apprenticeships are going to come from. If the Government can do this, I say “Excellent, we are all supportive,” but to be honest, you are in la-la land—[Interruption.]—or, indeed, in the land of green ginger, which is another very good example.