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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:19 pm on 21st January 2021.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Labour, Denton and Reddish 1:19 pm, 21st January 2021

As somebody who benefited from in-work technical education in my late teens, I appreciate the value of vocational qualifications, and I welcome much of this statement. However, if I understand the Secretary of State correctly, he has limited eligibility for the new courses to those with no qualifications at level 3. Cannot he see that many people qualified to that level could still need to retrain and may still need support? Will he consider making the system more flexible so that it genuinely meets the needs of working people?