Ports: Wales

Department for Education written question – answered on 30th July 2020.

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Photo of Lord Roberts of Llandudno Lord Roberts of Llandudno Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to arrange, in conjunction with the Welsh Government, training for local people to undertake any additional jobs needed at the Welsh ports following the UK's departure from the EU.

Photo of Baroness Berridge Baroness Berridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade) (Minister for Women), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Skills training and education is devolved and therefore any training delivered in Wales to support employment opportunities in Wales are matters for the Welsh Government.

In England we want to make the skills systems more responsive to employer skill needs both locally and nationally and we have been working with employers to jointly design and deliver policies and programmes to do this.

This includes key reforms to apprenticeships, making them longer, better, with more off-the job training and proper assessment at the end. With employers in control of developing standards, they can be assured that apprentices will get the skills employers need.

We are also making technical education more responsive to the needs of communities and employers, with the introduction of T levels this September, proposals to reform higher technical education and investment in Institutes of Technology.

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