Living Standards

Part of Opposition Day — [Un-allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 4:04 pm on 30th November 2011.

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Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis Conservative, Great Yarmouth 4:04 pm, 30th November 2011

My hon. Friend is right, and directs me perfectly to the point I was about to make, which is that apprenticeships are a hugely important part of raising living standards. In my constituency alone, the number of people taking up apprenticeships has increased by about 60%. Apprenticeships give opportunities for people to get real-time work experience and for companies to train people so that they have the skill set that readies them to take on work. One of the things the Government have done well and that we can do more of is highlight the value of apprenticeships, so that young people do not regard university as their only or primary option, but see apprenticeships and going straight into the workplace as a genuine, viable and valuable way to contribute to their own family as much as to society.