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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 4th July 2016.

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Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education) 12:00 am, 4th July 2016

The hon. Gentleman is absolutely wrong. Following the apprenticeships review in 2012, employers are designing new apprenticeships that are more responsive to the needs of business. More than 1,300 employers are involved; 241 standards have been published; and more than 160 new standards are in development. In the last Parliament, there were 2.4 million apprenticeship starts, and the reforms to technical education will build on that. This is a very successful part of our education system.