Education administration: transfer schemes

Part of Technical and Further Education Bill – in the House of Commons at 9:21 pm on 9th January 2017.

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Photo of Rebecca Pow Rebecca Pow Conservative, Taunton Deane 9:21 pm, 9th January 2017

In my constituency we are very fortunate in having Richard Huish sixth-form college, which has just been shortlisted as one of the six best sixth-form colleges in the country for The Times award. It runs apprenticeship courses, but there are concerns that it cannot get enough students to apply for some of the business admin courses. There is a real demand from business for those students, yet there are loads of apprentices doing courses where business does not really have jobs for them. Does the Minister agree with me and the principal of the college that provisions in this Bill to develop the synergy between education, apprenticeships and business are welcome, and indeed are vital in addressing the skills shortage in this country?