Canlyniadau 121–140 o 2998 ar gyfer speaker:Nicholas Boles

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Traineeships Programme (28 Meh 2016)

Nicholas Boles: I am surprised that you have shortened my name today, Mr Speaker. The traineeship programme grew by more than 85% in 2014-15. Our first year evaluation showed positive progression rates with 50% of trainees moving on to apprenticeships and work, and a further 17% going on to further learning.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Traineeships Programme (28 Meh 2016)

Nicholas Boles: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on his fantastic initiative, which is particularly powerful given his history as an apprentice—he can preach the reality of it. I have to confess to him that I have never been to Oldham, so I would love to come for the first time to join him.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Traineeships Programme (28 Meh 2016)

Nicholas Boles: The hon. Lady identifies an important challenge that has been long in existence, and we have a long way to go to correct it. The key thing is to try to persuade young women to go for the kinds of jobs that are open to them and would pay them much better rates: STEM-related careers and engineering-related jobs. Traineeships are often a good way for people to get a taste for a profession but,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Traineeships Programme (28 Meh 2016)

Nicholas Boles: He is right, to the extent that we want massively to improve the quality of apprenticeships, as well as the quantity, and they are not in conflict. But of course, if we are going to do both, we have to have more money to spend. That is why the apprenticeship levy is absolutely critical. It will enable us to take Government spending on apprenticeship training from £1.5 billion a year at the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Traineeships Programme (28 Meh 2016)

Nicholas Boles: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on being one of the few people to resist the temptation to resign in the past 48 hours. He and the shadow Home Secretary, the right hon. Member for Leigh (Andy Burnham), will go down in the history books as brave champions of modern opposition. I am delighted that the hon. Gentleman is an avid reader of FE Week; it is an interesting publication. He will know...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Skills Shortages (28 Meh 2016)

Nicholas Boles: As has been often discussed, we are introducing an apprenticeship levy, which will have two main outcomes. First, we will dramatically increase spending on apprenticeships. It will also require large employers either to invest in apprenticeships or to see their money used by someone else.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Skills Shortages (28 Meh 2016)

Nicholas Boles: Forgive me, Mr Speaker; we are all somewhat discombobulated at the moment. I should have mentioned that I am seeking to group this question with a later one. My hon. Friend is absolutely right. What we are trying to design with the apprenticeship levy is actually something of an innovation in government: it is a new tax, but the companies that pay the tax will be able to spend it on training...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Skills Shortages (28 Meh 2016)

Nicholas Boles: I agree with my hon. Friend. One of the results of the decision to leave the European Union is that we as a nation will have to do what we have done for hundreds of years, which is live by our wits and our talents, and we need to develop those talents by investing in education, in science, in research and in skills training. He is absolutely right about the crucial role that universities...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Skills Shortages (28 Meh 2016)

Nicholas Boles: The hon. Gentleman will know that no changes are going to take place any time soon in any of the arrangements with the European Union. We have made a decision that we are going to leave the European Union, but there will be a lengthy process of negotiation to establish exactly what new arrangements will be put in place. However, he is right that one of the chief sources of concern in our...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Skills Shortages (28 Meh 2016)

Nicholas Boles: I feel as though I hardly use any of the skills that I have acquired during my long life—certainly not in this job. The hon. Lady is right that that applies to many people. It is one of the key reasons why we have resisted pressure to make apprenticeships something only for young people and only for new recruits, because for someone of 45, for example, who is returning to work after a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Skills Shortages (28 Meh 2016)

Nicholas Boles: My hon. Friend is right. I know that he will be playing a vital role in shepherding through Parliament the Bill that will require all schools to allow other providers of opportunity post-16, whether FE colleges or apprenticeship employers, to come into the school to talk to young people during school hours, so that they are aware of the full range of opportunities out there, including...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Skills Shortages (28 Meh 2016)

Nicholas Boles: I am very happy to do that and I am grateful to the hon. Lady for giving me the opportunity to do so, not just in relation to Scotland but elsewhere in our country. In my Lincolnshire constituency there are certain industries, such as food growing and processing, and the NHS, which would find it very hard to operate without the skills brought in by highly valued migrant workers, not just from...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Apprenticeships (28 Meh 2016)

Nicholas Boles: We are working with employer groups to develop new apprenticeship standards such as arborist and forest operative. If I am ever seeking a new career, I can hardly think of a better one. We are also working on a pilot between the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and BIS to support a boost in the number of apprenticeships available in the national parks.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Apprenticeships (28 Meh 2016)

Nicholas Boles: That is an excellent question. The advantage I have is that I am also a Minister in the Department for Education; I talk to myself worryingly often. My hon. Friend makes a very important point. When the skills plan is published, which will be soon, we will be guided very heavily by the review recently completed by Lord Sainsbury, who is looking at how we can ensure that the courses that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Apprenticeships (28 Meh 2016)

Nicholas Boles: The hon. Lady asks a reasonable question. I had discussions with the Welsh Minister before the elections, which suspended matters briefly. There have been intensive contacts at official level not only between Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and the Welsh, Scottish and other Governments on how the levy arrangements will work from a tax-raising point of view, but with my officials on how...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (28 Meh 2016)

Nicholas Boles: I congratulate Greater Manchester on achieving a 75% increase in apprenticeships since 2010. My hon. Friend will be aware that we have devolved the apprenticeship grant for employers—an incentive payment to encourage employers who have not previously employed apprentices to do so—to Manchester so that the authority there can target it at the particular kinds of employer that it wants...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (28 Meh 2016)

Nicholas Boles: I have had a meeting with the hon. Lady, for which I am grateful, and she has really led for consumers on this issue. As I think I explained, an investigation has suggested that the approach taken by Whirlpool was reasonable, and that the nature of the risk was not such that a total recall was required. However, she is right to say that the company needs to get a move on, and it is not right...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (28 Meh 2016)

Nicholas Boles: As I indicated to the hon. Member for Llanelli (Nia Griffith), I have been in discussions with the Minister representing the Welsh Government in this conversation. These discussions are ongoing. This is a matter for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, not something for which I am directly responsible, but I know that there have been intensive negotiations and discussions. I do not want to...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Apprentices: Taxation (28 Meh 2016)

Nicholas Boles: We are working closely with the Devolved Administrations and Territorial Offices, regularly meeting with officials and Ministers on levy implementation. The last Skills Ministers meeting was in February. We want to ensure the levy works for employers wherever they are in the UK and will be publishing further information later this month.


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