Education and Skills written question – answered on 14th June 2005.

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Photo of Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to remove the age limit on modern apprenticeships.

Photo of Phil Hope Phil Hope Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Education and Skills

The Department for Education and Skills has already changed the rules so that young people who start their apprenticeship at any point up to their 25th birthday can complete it. Beyond that, the Department is currently trialling apprenticeships for adult entry in three sectors: engineering, construction and health and social care. These trials are due to complete in March 2006 a decision will be made in the light of these trials whether apprenticeship frameworks offer an effective method for older workers to gain qualifications.

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