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Apprentices: Standards

Volume 507: debated on Monday 15 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department have attended on apprenticeship targets. (321675)

Ministers in both DCSF and BIS have responsibilities for apprenticeships. Targets are set through an annual planning cycle which involves officials and Ministers to determine the programme budget and numbers of apprenticeships to be delivered. These have been published in the BIS Skills Investment Strategy 2010-11 and the DCSF 16-19 Statement of Priorities and Investment Strategy 2010-11. The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) has responsibility for delivery of apprenticeship targets and Ministers from both Departments meet monthly with the NAS and officials to discuss performance and progress.

The apprenticeships programme also contributes to the 14-19 Reform programme in DCSF and the Skills programme in BIS. There are regular meetings to manage these programmes at both official level and between Ministers, the NAS and officials, at which progress against targets is discussed.