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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to ensure that education and training for armed forces recruits aged between 16 and 18 years meet the minimum standards recommended by the Wolf Review of vocational education; and what the cost of meeting these standards is.
The Government's acceptance of the recommendations of the Wolf Review of Vocational Education, means that functional skills and GCSEs will be the only recognised pathways to achieve the compulsory English and maths elements of an apprenticeship. The armed forces are committed to the introduction of functional skills and some areas already exceed the minimum requirements laid down in the Wolf Report. All areas will meet these requirements within the timescales laid down, under transition arrangements for the introduction of functional skills.
The costs of delivering apprenticeships for those aged between 16 and 18 years are embedded in the total training costs and cannot be separated without incurring disproportionate cost.