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education secretary admits apprentices failure

Education Secretary Damian Hinds has confirmed the government’s promise of three million apprenticeship starts in England by 2020 is going to be missed.

Pressed by Robert Halfon, chairman of the Education Select Committee, Hinds accepted that the manifesto target was “not going to be reached”.

Robert Halfon, chairman of the Education Select Committee, warned of declining numbers in some levels of apprenticeships.

But Hinds said the training in apprenticeships was now of “much higher quality” and that the current apprenticeship system reflected what employers wanted.

Asked again by Halfon whether or not the target was going to be achieved, Hinds said: “You’re a mathematically adept person, and if you project the line out at the moment, in terms of sheer volume… no.

“If you look only at the number of people starting… then that is not going to be reached.”


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