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Higher Education: Apprentices

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps he is taking to improve the collection of data on the progression of apprentices into higher education. (240272)

In order to improve the identification of those learners who progress from an apprenticeship into higher education we are exploring the possibility of linking administrative datasets. The early work looks promising and the Higher Education Funding Council for England is currently testing the methodology to ensure it is robust. The findings are expected to be published in 2009.

In World Class Apprenticeships we set out the Government's intention that every apprenticeship framework has a clear pathway to higher education and this will be a requirement of our revised Apprenticeships Blueprint when it is published in 2009. This will ensure every apprentice knows there is a clear pathway to higher education if they want it.