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Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people who passed the complete framework for (a) apprenticeships and (b) advanced apprenticeships also achieved a technical certificate as part of their apprenticeship course in each year between 1997 and 2006. (127429)

[holding answer 14 March 2007]: These data are not held in the form specified. The data collected measure those who complete all elements required of the particular framework undertaken. However, since 2001 separately assessed underpinning knowledge has been a compulsory part of apprenticeship frameworks. Up to 2005 this had to take the form of a technical certificate, even where there was duplication of content between qualifications. Therefore all apprentices completing in this period would have passed a technical certificate in order to complete the full framework. Since 2005 and following consultation, sector bodies have had the flexibility to deliver underpinning knowledge through an NVQ where it can be demonstrated to the Apprenticeship Approvals Group that this will remove duplication. So far the two major frameworks to integrate underpinning knowledge into the NVQ are in accountancy and hairdressing. Most of their learners will not yet have completed under the new arrangements.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding his Department makes available for those over the age of 25 years for apprenticeships. (127586)

The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has announced funding for 8,000 apprenticeship places for people over the age of 25 in 2007-08 at a cost of £16.7 million.