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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 Gavin Williamson Gavin Williamson The Secretary of State for Education 1:19 pm, 21st January 2021

I absolutely agree. It is a real Achilles heel of this country. In this country, 10% of the 18 to 65 workforce has higher technical qualifications, as compared with 20% in Germany and 34% in Canada.[This section has been corrected on 27 January 2021, column 4MC — read correction] We have to address that skills deficit. This is where there is so much demand for the type of skills that people and businesses want. Of course, the outcomes for people who get those skills and that training are incredibly positive, not least that they usually outperform graduates in earnings.