Shadow Skills Minister expresses concern over apprenticeship drop

During his recent appearance at Business, Innovation and Skills questions in the House of Commons, newly appointed Shadow Skills Minister Liam Bryne challenged Matthew Hancock over the 12% drop in 16 to 19 apprenticeships.

He said:  “The unemployment among young adults is still over one million. The apprenticeship numbers among those under 19 are lower that they were in 2010.”

Mr Hancock said: “It is true that we had to take action to remove some low quality providers that focused on the 16 to 19 space, when we introduced rules to make sure an apprenticeship was always a job, which it wasn’t previously. I would make this point, that the participation in apprenticeships is at the highest level ever and I would have thought that would be something all parties could support.”