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Defence Suppliers: Innovation

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30th January 2017.

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Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence 12:00 am, 30th January 2017

I draw my hon. Friend’s attention to the recently launched skills strategy, which is called “Securing Defence Skills for the Future”. The Ministry of Defence and the armed forces are already the biggest provider of apprenticeships in the UK. I know that Thales also runs highly competitive apprenticeships and graduate training programmes, and that it is particularly committed to increasing the number of women with these skills.