Apprenticeships: Dyslexia — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:21 am on 6th October 2011.

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Photo of Lord Martin of Springburn Lord Martin of Springburn Crossbench 11:21 am, 6th October 2011

My Lords, would the noble Baroness consider the fact that when I was an apprentice those who were most helpful to the apprentices in the factory were normally the journeymen over the age of 50 who had more patience and tended to mentor the young people, not only in their trade but in their behaviour and other matters? A large number of men and women are unemployed and retired and could be used for mentoring apprentices. Could this be considered by the Government? By the way, I welcome the Government's action in encouraging apprenticeships.