Further Education

Part of Opposition Day — [10th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 6:08 pm on 18th November 2015.

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Photo of Anne Main Anne Main Conservative, St Albans 6:08 pm, 18th November 2015

As I have said, I did try to intervene when this matter was under discussion. I want to speak on this because young people will feel that it is not worth learning some of the softer skills, such as how to deal with customers, how to be pleasant, how to be work ready, and how to turn up on time in the morning. I worry that we are going down a route of saying that being academic—I am sure that you absolutely were, Mr Deputy Speaker—is the only thing that is worth pursuing. I wish to speak up for the work that this Government have done in bringing up the value for everybody regardless of their educational attainment at school. I am talking about bringing up the value for those people who are learning to get into the job of work.