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Clause 2

Part of Education and Skills Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:45 pm on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Shadow Minister (14-19 Reform and Apprenticeships) 5:45 pm, 5th February 2008

The Minister is right that the review is welcome in a number of ways, particularly in providing a statutory definition of apprenticeship, as he described, and in creating a baseline. As he will recall, I called for both measures. However, he must tell the Committee why level 3 numbers have declined steadily year on year, and why level 2 numbers are now tailing off. To meet the targets, we need considerable growth. Rather than growing from a rising trend, we will reverse a downward tend, which will make the job that much harder.