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Volume 450: debated on Thursday 19 October 2006

20. To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps the Government are taking to ensure that older women have access to apprenticeships. (95024)

Government are putting in place a coherent package of measures in response to employment issues faced by low-skilled women and identified by the Women and Work Commission. This includes building on trials of apprenticeships for mature learners, extending skills coaching and improving recruitment and progression pathways.