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Retraining (Upper Age Limits)

Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make it his policy to remove upper age limits for retraining into a new job under Government training schemes. [130988]

We want to ensure that people of all ages can acquire skills that enable them to fulfil their own potential and meet the needs of employers. Our Skills Strategy, "21st Century Skills—Realising Our Potential" signalled a number of important developments, including opening up Modern Apprenticeships to older workers and developing a Level 2 entitlement intended for people in the workforce who are not already qualified at that level.