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NHS: Apprentices

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many apprenticeships there are in the NHS; what the baseline year is for measuring adherence to the commitment contained in High Quality Care for All, Cm 7432, to double apprenticeships over the next four years; how much is being spent on apprenticeships in 2008-09; whether future spending will be ring-fenced; whether he expects that the doubling of expenditure on apprenticeships will lead to a doubling in the number of apprenticeships; and if he will make a statement. (221051)

Information on the number of apprenticeships in the NHS is not available centrally. We are currently working with key partners to design apprenticeship policy that meets the needs of NHS staff, employers and above all, our patients. Decisions on ring-fencing and aspirations on numbers of apprentices will be considered as part of ongoing work.