Small and Medium-sized Enterprises: Student Work Placements - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:52 pm on 16th July 2018.

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Photo of Baroness Burt of Solihull Baroness Burt of Solihull Liberal Democrat 2:52 pm, 16th July 2018

My Lords, work experience works when it is done well. Although, as the Minister said, the Government publish some guidelines for the 16 to 19 year-old work-study programme, SMEs can struggle in the short term as well as in these longer-term programmes if they are not properly prepared and helped. Who is responsible for ensuring that all work placements reach a good standard, so that it is not just a question of checking workplace safety beforehand but ensuring that they deliver for the benefit of the student and of the company?