Higher Technical Education Reform

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:58 pm on 8th July 2019.

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Photo of Jeremy Lefroy Jeremy Lefroy Conservative, Stafford 4:58 pm, 8th July 2019

This morning, I was at General Electric’s transformer factory in Stafford. It is the only manufacturer of large-scale transformers in the UK, and clearly higher technical education and apprenticeships are vital for GE. Will my hon. Friend update the House on the situation for companies do not pay the apprenticeship levy because they are below the threshold? Those small and medium-sized enterprises are absolutely vital to our economy. Since the introduction of the levy, has there been greater uptake of apprenticeships among such companies?