Further Education Funding — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 9:30 am on 2nd April 2019.

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Photo of Richard Graham Richard Graham Conservative, Gloucester 9:30 am, 2nd April 2019

I do apologise—I will come to the hon. Lady in one second. Some statistics, which the Minister is well aware of, suggest that on a national basis we are in the bottom quartile for the numbers of higher apprenticeships, which are the ones that include the greatest numbers of skills and will drive forward our technology businesses. At the same time—the hon. Member for Scunthorpe may touch on this—it is worth remembering that the entry qualifications, levels 2 and 3, play a very important role in getting some of our youngest and least-skilled constituents on to the ladder of opportunity, so we need support at both ends.