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Vocational Education: Peterborough

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 26 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps he is taking to increase the provision of technical and vocational training and education in Peterborough; and if he will make a statement. (179270)

The Learning and Skills Council for Cambridgeshire have undertaken a review of their provision of technical and vocational training and education. As a result they have increased their apprenticeship contracted in-learning volume by 10 per cent. in 2007/08 and introduced apprenticeships for people aged 25 years plus. The LSC is already planning further increases in provision for 2008/09 based on the needs identified in their review. The Government have laid out their plans for improving the quality of technical and vocational education training for both young people and adults in apprenticeships in “World-class Apprenticeships: Unlocking Talent, Building Skills for All”.

To support this challenging agenda the Government are increasing apprenticeship funding by a quarter to £1 billion by 2010/11.