Amendment 34

Part of Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Report (1st Day) – in the House of Lords at 8:43 pm on 12 October 2021.

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Photo of Lord Storey Lord Storey Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Education) 8:43, 12 October 2021

I think you have made Lord Storey very happy. I felt at one stage like I was in a sort of parallel universe when I was speaking—with people walking past, it was very strange. I reassure the noble Lord, Lord Watson, that I was not proposing that levy funds be used for wages. I was saying that we should be innovative in how we use the levy and that might mean increasing the amount of money we give to apprenticeships.

I was pleased to hear from the Minister about the package of improvements and new models of working. Flexibility is really important. We are all committed to the notion of apprenticeships, but we have to make the wider community and society realise how valuable they are. Maybe we could start in Parliament itself. I wonder how many apprenticeships for 16 to 24 year-olds there are in the House of Lords. Are there any? Perhaps not. Let us say straightaway that we will introduce some apprenticeships in our House. That would be a real start. I beg to withdraw this amendment.

Amendment 34 withdrawn.

Consideration on Report adjourned.