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Department: Department for Education

Oral Answers to Questions

Peter Aldous Excerpts
Monday 29th April 2024

(1 month, 3 weeks ago)

Commons Chamber
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Damian Hinds Portrait Damian Hinds
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I will look into the details of the case and write to the hon. Lady.

Peter Aldous Portrait Peter Aldous (Waveney) (Con)
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Research by London Economics and the Association of Colleges highlights that in recent years there has been a significant drop in level 2 apprenticeship starts. Will my hon. Friend the Minister outline the specific work being carried out to reverse this decline in an area that is so vital in promoting social mobility and levelling up?

Luke Hall Portrait Luke Hall
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At levels 2 and 3, apprenticeships make up 65% of all starts so far this year and there are almost 140 apprenticeships at level 2. We published data last week to show that level 2 apprenticeships rose by 2.5% in terms of attainment. We will do everything we can to make sure people have access to high-quality apprenticeships, and we have also invested £50 million over two years to boost starts in growth sectors including engineering and manufacturing. I am always happy to meet my hon. Friend.