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Basic Skills

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 11th June 2009.

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Photo of Gordon Marsden Gordon Marsden Labour, Blackpool South

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department plans to take to ensure the delivery of the Government's Skills Agenda.

Photo of Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (also Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Further Education, Skills, Apprenticeships and Consumer Affairs) (also Department for Children, Schools and Families)

This Department will continue to ensure the delivery of the Government Skills agenda. In support of these measures:

we are this year spending an unprecedented £5 billion on adult skills, including £925 million on Train to Gain; we are spending over £1 billion on apprenticeships, bringing Government funding for apprenticeships to its highest ever level; we are providing targeted help for those who have lost their jobs or are facing redundancy; and we are investing a further £1 billion per year until 2010-11 in Skills for Life.

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