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Carillion - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 5:06 pm on 15th January 2018.

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Photo of The Bishop of Durham The Bishop of Durham Bishop 5:06 pm, 15th January 2018

My Lords, I note the comments already made about apprentices, but it is often those at the beginning of their careers who are most affected and most quickly forgotten. Carillion itself committed to creating 5,000 apprenticeships by 2019, and its website states that around 2,000 students are in training as part of an apprenticeship programme across 13 centres at any one time, so we are not talking about a small number. How can the Minister assure us that those apprentices and students—because some are on student schemes—will be given serious consideration to ensure that their careers are not affected?