PM rejects funding cuts criticism

On the day that Justine Greening confirmed her commitment to apprentices, Prime Minister Theresa has come under attack from an opposition MP over cuts to funding. Reacting to the news that real cuts of between 30% to 50% to apprenticeship funding are in the offing, Birmingham Northfield Labour MP Richard Burden, told the Commons that Theresa May’s commendation of a firm in his constituency rang hollow.

“Her words of congratulation would mean rather more if they were not accompanied by cuts of between 30% and 50% in apprenticeships funding, a programme which the institution of the motoring industry has described as a car crash.”


‘I simply don’t recognise the situation’

Engineering firm ADI Group attracted the PM’s congratulations after it launched a scheme to interest youngsters in engineering. In response to Burden’s comments, the PM said: “I, of course, am happy to commend the company that he has referred to, and of course the West Midlands are an important driver in terms of engineering skills in this country, but I simply don’t recognise the situation he’s set out in relation to apprenticeships.”

She continued: “We’ve seen two million apprenticeships created over the last six years, we’re committed as a government to ensuring more apprenticeships are being created – that’s giving young people opportunities, like the young people I met when I went to Jaguar Landrover, to learn a skill, to get into a job, to get into the workplace and to get on where their talents will take them.”