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Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

21. To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps are taken in schools to encourage pupils to take up apprenticeships upon leaving. (205986)

“World-class Apprenticeships” sets out how we will strengthen and expand apprenticeships so that by 2013 every suitably qualified young person who wants an apprenticeship will be able to access one. The Education and Skills Bill before the House requires schools to provide impartial careers education. Information about apprenticeships is included in 14-19 area prospectuses. We are also building a new apprenticeship national matching service that will provide on-line access to apprenticeship vacancies.