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Gordon Marsden: BIS Committee report echos concerns Labour has been raising on need for a coherent strategy for apprentices

Gordon Marsden MP, Labour's Shadow Minister for Further Education, Skills  and Regional Growth, commenting on the Business, Innovation and Skills  Committee report on apprenticeships, said:

"The committee’s report sharply criticises the Government’s record on  apprenticeships, echoing concerns Labour has been raising for well over a  year on the need for a coherent strategy for apprentices of all ages  focused on quality.

"The committee is right to call for apprenticeships to be a pathway to new  skills, rather than merely the accreditation of existing ones, and to  recognise the crucial role of independent careers advice in schools in  raising young people’s awareness of the vocational options open to them.

"Coming on the back of recent revelations that up to 20 per cent of  apprentices receive no formal training, this is a timely intervention  underlining the need for ministers to get a grip and ensure the  apprenticeship programme provides quality vocational opportunities for  people of all ages.

"As Ed Miliband has said, in One Nation we must tackle the lack of  opportunities for the forgotten 50 per cent who do not go to university."

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