Carillion: Insolvency

Department for Education written question – answered on 9th March 2018.

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Photo of Lord Jones of Cheltenham Lord Jones of Cheltenham Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact that the collapse of Carillion may have on the numbers of engineering apprenticeships.

Photo of Lord Agnew of Oulton Lord Agnew of Oulton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has been working closely with Carillion and the department to closely monitor the impact on apprentices and apprenticeship provision following the collapse of Carillion.

The government’s priority is to minimise disruption to apprentices and is intent on finding new employers for the apprentices that have been affected by the liquidation of Carillion. The ESFA has taken steps to protect learners by identifying the Construction Industry Training Board , as the best placed alternative provider.

There were 45 apprentices within the engineering and manufacturing technologies sector subject area and those relate specifically to plumbing and heating and electro technical frameworks. They fall within construction trades alongside the vast majority of Carillion apprenticeships.

37 of these apprentices were employed directly by Carillion, along with five other employers offering employment to the remaining eight apprentices. Therefore, we anticipate little impact on availability of engineering apprenticeships because these frameworks were sub-contracted by Carillion and therefore not directly impacted by their collapse.

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