Clause 101

– in a Public Bill Committee at 11:45 am on 24th March 2009.

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Assistance and support in relation to apprenticeship places

Question put, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Shadow Minister (Education) 12:00 pm, 24th March 2009

Very simply, the clause places a duty on the chief executive to provide services to assist people to find apprenticeships. I will make my questions brief and pointed. Will the vacancy matching service be categorised sectorally? How many employers do the Government envisage will sign up? With the current increase in broken apprenticeship agreements, will the vacancy matching service be capable of coping with an influx of apprentices who are part way through their course? What discussions have the Government had with sector skills councils on those three questions?

Photo of Siôn Simon Siôn Simon Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills

I can tell the hon. Gentleman that we have had discussions with sector skills councils. The vacancy matching service will be organised sectorally and it will cope with any large influx of people who have been made redundant. I do not have the exact details of the discussions with the sector skills councils in front of me, but I can try to look up the records. I am not sure whether I have answered all his questions or whether there was something else, but I am assuming from his motionlessness that I have done so, in my inadequate way.

Clause 101 accordingly ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clauses 102 to 105 ordered to stand part of the Bill.