Question to the Department for Education:
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to tackle the reduction in the number of apprentice places in the construction industry.
Apprenticeships will have an important role to play in creating employment opportunities, particularly for young people, and in supporting employers in all sectors to access the skilled workforce that they need to recover and grow following the COVID-19 outbreak.
We recognise that employers, at the moment, face increased challenges with hiring new apprentices and so we will introduce a new payment of £2,000 to employers in England for each new apprentice they hire aged under 25, and a £1,500 payment for each new apprentice they hire aged 25 and over, from 1 August 2020 to 31 January 2021. Details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-treasury. We will also ensure that there is sufficient funding to support small businesses wanting to take on an apprentice this year.
Employers are at the heart of our reforms to apprenticeships, designing high-quality standards that deliver the skills that they need, and allowing them to spend the levy on the apprenticeships training that matters for them. Employers in the construction sector have developed 86 standards which are approved for delivery. These include Groundworker at level 2 and Building Services Design Technician at level 3. A further 12 are in development.
The construction industry will be key in supporting the country’s economic recovery and my right hon. Friend, the Prime Minister, recently announced a £5 billion Capital Investment Plan to accelerate infrastructure projects aimed at stimulating the sector and help to recruit and retain staff including apprentices.
We are working with construction sector to encourage the take up of apprenticeships to ensure businesses can restart and recover as quickly as possible.
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1. Oral Answers to Questions
25/06/2018 - Commons Chamber
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2: My mum fought for me to receive a mainstream education, knowing that I, like the majority of children - Speech Link
3: mainstream education are able to. For example, 72% of children with autism are in mainstream education. We recently - Speech Link
04/07/2019 - Lords Chamber
1: interests, which are twofold: first, as an ex-apprentice, and secondly, as the only apprenticeship ambassador - Speech Link
3. Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [ Lords ] (Third sitting)
02/12/2021 - Public Bill Committees
1: clause 2, page 3, line 27, leave out “as the Secretary of State considers appropriate” and insert—“, including—(a) - Speech Link
2: interest again: I am a vice-president of the Local Government Association and a governor of Luton Sixth Form - Speech Link
3: have been real concerns about the allocation of Government funding, who was getting it and on what basis - Speech Link
4. Apprenticeships and Skills Policy
08/01/2019 - Westminster Hall
1: needs of the economy; and the need to give tools to places such as Bradford to help us to close the productivity - Speech Link
2: getting the skills policy right is essential to give places such as Bradford the economic boost that they so - Speech Link
3: part. Does she agree that the restoration of the education maintenance grant would help students in relation - Speech Link
5. Oral Answers to Questions
10/09/2018 - Commons Chamber
1: with the Treasury to look at spending on 16-19 education ahead of the 2019 spending review. We are also - Speech Link
2: that the proportion of 16 and 17-year-olds in education or apprenticeships is the highest since records - Speech Link
3: increases and pension increases. What will the Government do to make sure that those cost pressures do - Speech Link