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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

I am relying on the Minister’s indulgence, as he is likely to be in an extremely buoyant mood today, given his happy event.

The Minister speaks about completions a great deal. One of the witnesses to the Committee suggested that there was a relationship between completion rates and the dropping of the technical certificate. The Minister will remember that in 2003, the Government insisted on a technical certificate for all apprenticeships, but the Learning and Skills Council subsequently dropped that requirement. Will the Minister explain whether, with regard to the need to maintain rigour and quality, the LSC would require those technical qualifications to be certificated in the way in which they once were?