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Vocational Training

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on support for traditional skill sets in remote island economies in the UK. (302571)

Skills policy in England focuses on equipping the workforce with the skills needed to compete in a global marketplace and enable people and their families to live happier, healthier, more successful lives.

Government recognise the importance of traditional skills sets. Securing the right skills provision and attracting a new generation into these industries is key to preserving our heritage. Working across Government Departments and through English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund, we want to ensure that our heritage is cared for, protected and enhanced for current and future generations to enjoy.

Many of the UK’s remote islands are not part of England. Skills policy in the UK is devolved and as such policy for those islands are a matter for the Scottish Executive, Welsh Assembly and Northern Ireland Assembly.