Troubleshooter taskforce to ensure apprenticeship target is met

To ensure that the government is on track with creating 3 million apprenticeships, Prime Minister David Cameron has unveiled a new ‘troubleshooter’ taskforce to make sure young people are earning or learning.

The earn or learn task force is made up of Cabinet Office Minister Matthew Hancock, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Oliver Letwin, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, Communities and Local Government Secretary Greg Clark, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Greg Hands, Employment Minister Priti Patel and Skills Minister Nick Boles.

A Number 10 spokesperson said: “Each group will be looking whether policy is being followed through and tracking the progress of new measure in that space. The group will be made up of key persons in the department, making sure the policies are implemented, troubleshooting and fixing teething problems.

“The best way to measure what they will do is to look at the key commitments we’re making in that area — in the case of earn or learn, we’ve promised the 3m apprenticeships and the work programmes with the Department for Work and Pensions to ensure young people on benefits get work experience as soon as possible. The meetings will be held within weeks, but they will be treated like an internal delivery meeting, and we will not be releasing details of each individual meeting.”