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Apprentices

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will break down the most recent number of apprenticeships by (a) region, (b) industrial sector, (c) sex and (d) whether or not the apprenticeships were at advanced level in each case. (203927)

The information requested is contained in tables, copies of which have been placed in the Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) apprenticeships and (b) advanced apprenticeships there were in (i) his Department and (ii) the agencies for which he is responsible in the most recent year for which figures are available. (206797)

The Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills was created as a result of Machinery of Government Changes in June 2007.

The Government skills strategy “Building Professional Skills for Government” was launched in April this year. This includes a commitment to establish 500 additional Pathfinder apprenticeships from September 2008. Neither the Department nor its agencies have such apprenticeship arrangements in place yet. Government Skills are leading on implementation and plan to launch the Pathfinder apprenticeships over the summer.