20 January 2016
Nadhim Zahawi welcomes the launch of the apprenticeship delivery board

Nadhim Zahawi welcomes the launch of the apprenticeship delivery board and calls on the Prime Minister to ensure that the UCAS website informs students about opportunities for degree apprenticeships.

Nadhim Zahawi (Stratford-on-Avon) (Con)

Q12. I thank the Prime Minister for launching the apprenticeship delivery board on Monday evening at No. 10. These men and women, who are expert in their sectors, are coming together to deliver 3 million apprenticeship starts by 2020. Does the Prime Minister agree that it will be a great thing if, when students across our country log on to the UCAS website, they are informed about the opportunities for degree apprenticeships, as well as about more traditional degrees? [903135]

The Prime Minister

My hon. Friend makes a very important point for two reasons. One is that if you become an apprentice, that does not lock out the chance of doing a degree later in your career. Indeed, the opportunities for earning and learning are getting greater in our country. The second reason it is so important is that, in our schools, all our teachers are of course very well equipped to tell people about degree opportunities, because that is the route that they have taken—A-levels, the UCAS form and such like—but we need to improve the information in our schools so that people can see the opportunities for apprenticeships, in some cases then leading on to degrees.

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