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Department for Education written question – answered on 27th February 2017.

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Photo of Gregory Campbell Gregory Campbell Shadow DUP Spokesperson (International Development), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to ensure apprenticeship starts offer opportunities for employment across the UK and not just in the region where the apprenticeships are served.

Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Minister of State (Department of Education) (Apprenticeships and Skills)

Apprenticeships policy is devolved and it is for each of the UK nations, including Northern Ireland, to decide how they operate their apprenticeship programmes.

The locations and sectors where apprenticeships are available are determined by employers choosing to offer opportunities and recruit apprentices.

Officials are in ongoing discussions with those in the devolved administrations to consider any cross-border issues in relation to apprenticeship programmes.

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