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Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

23. To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps he is taking to raise the quality of apprenticeships. (205683)

Our strategy to develop and expand apprenticeships to meet the nation's skills needs is outlined in ‘World-class Apprenticeships’. We are committed to build an apprenticeship system that meets the needs of employers and which offers all suitably qualified young people a place on an apprenticeship if they wish. To this end we will be publishing a draft Apprenticeship Bill in July which will set out plans to further improve quality.