The Prime Minister, Theresa May, has come under attack from Labour MP Richard Burden, over cuts to apprenticeship funding.
In his question to Ms May, he first asked her to congratulate engineering firm ADI Group for the launch of a programme aiming to boost the interest of 14 – 16 year olds in engineering, before saying:
“Her words of congratulation would mean rather more if they were not accompanied by cuts of between 30 and 50 per cent in apprenticeships funding, a programme which the institution of the motoring industry has described as a ‘car crash’.”
Ms May replied by claiming:
I simply don’t recognise the situation you have set out in relation to apprenticeships.
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 Land Rover, to learn a skill, to get into a job, to get into the workplace and to get on where their talents will take them.