Results 1–20 of 32 for speaker:Gillian Keegan

Royal Assent: Business of the House (7 Dec 2017)

Gillian Keegan: Will the Leader of the House consider holding a debate on access to NHS dentists in rural areas? Oral health in children is reaching crisis levels, with almost a quarter of five-year-olds suffering from tooth decay—the No. 1 cause of hospital admission for that age group. Selsey in my constituency has a population of 12,000 and growing but not a single NHS dentist. This matter should be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Marriage Certificates: Equal Registration (7 Dec 2017)

Gillian Keegan: What recent discussions the Church of England has had with the Government on enabling mothers to be registered on an equal basis with fathers on marriage certificates.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Marriage Certificates: Equal Registration (7 Dec 2017)

Gillian Keegan: There is agreement among Members on both sides of the House and across Government that the situation needs to change, so will my right hon. Friend make representations to our colleagues in government about their previous commitment to use Government time to get one of the Bills passed?

Youth Employment — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Gillian Keegan: Our performance in youth employment is strong, and as my hon. Friend the Member for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock (Bill Grant) said, this is a good news story. That news is especially welcome when compared with our European neighbours. That is not an accident, but the result of the right policies, and we must not take it for granted. Improving school standards, high-quality apprenticeships,...

Youth Employment — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Gillian Keegan: Providing young people with the opportunity to get a good job has been a mission of this Government, and I am pleased that this debate is set against the backdrop of such positive figures. From July to September this year, we saw more than half of 16 to 24-year-olds in work and a further third in full-time education. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that youth unemployment...

Youth Employment — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Gillian Keegan: I agree, and I would love to come along. The figures are really good news, as my hon. Friend said, and they are even more impressive when compared with those of some of our near neighbours in Europe, although one should not take the success for granted. At the start of the last global recession, I was working in Spain. In that time, I saw youth unemployment reach nearly 50% at its peak, and...

Youth Employment — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Gillian Keegan: That is an important point. I would like to put in a plug for apprenticeships, but they need to be high quality.

Youth Employment — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Gillian Keegan: As the hon. Gentleman says, not all apprentices are paid at the minimum level. I certainly was not when I did my apprenticeship, but an apprentice is earning and learning and the model still works at the minimum wage.

Youth Employment — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Gillian Keegan: I completely agree. I believe I am the only degree-level apprentice in the House—I have not found another one so far—so I know about this from personal experience.

Youth Employment — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Gillian Keegan: I completely agree that that is the best model. I spent three years working in every part of the business that I started in, which was a car factory in Liverpool. In parallel I studied business management up to degree level. By the time I moved on to my next job in senior management at NatWest Bank, I had seven years’ work experience, a degree and no student debt. That is the ideal...

Youth Employment — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Gillian Keegan: I completely agree. Hearing that kind of message coming from Suffolk is music to my ears, because it is a fantastic model and will provide great opportunities for young people today. Chichester College has put employability at the heart of its curriculum and has developed key relationships within industry, as we have discussed, over many years. Now it also offers students in-work educational...

Youth Employment — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Gillian Keegan: Yes, I do agree. As we would say in business, that is a nice problem to have. Programmes such as “Get into”, which is run by the Prince’s Trust, are fantastic for those who underachieve at school. The scheme works by getting young people on to a four-week placement across a range of industries. It provides an opportunity that for many is a vital life chance, with almost a...

Youth Employment — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Gillian Keegan: That is an excellent point. I recently visited Wormwood Scrubs, and I think that would be a fantastic programme to help people who, ultimately, have just taken the wrong path in life, but really do want to re-join the workplace upon leaving prison. Last Monday, I went to St Pancras church in Chichester, which runs a breakfast for some of the 80 homeless people and rough-sleepers in the city....

Youth Employment — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Gillian Keegan: Yes, I think that is an excellent scheme. The next generation stands at the precipice of the fourth industrial revolution, with big advances in next-generation technology, such as artificial intelligence and biotech. The next generation is also composed of digital natives: those who have embraced completely the power of mobile computing. As a nation, we are preparing to spearhead that...

Youth Employment — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Gillian Keegan: I completely agree. In my case, without an inspiring maths teacher, who was also my careers teacher, I would not have even heard about the opportunity of an apprenticeship. The University of Chichester is investing in a new technology park, where they will put a bit of STEAM into STEM, by facilitating the relationship between art, design and sciences. The university is adopting a model of...

Youth Employment — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Gillian Keegan: I beg to move, That this House has considered youth employment. It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Moon. This is the first Westminster Hall debate I have led. Providing young people with the opportunity to get a good job has been a mission of this Government, and I am pleased that this debate is set against a backdrop of such positive figures. [Interruption.]


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