Lords debate value of apprenticeships

15 October 2010

The importance of maintaining and increasing apprenticeships in both the public and private sectors was debated in the House of Lords on Thursday 14 October.

Baroness Wall of New Barnet (Labour) opened the debate.  Other Members participating in the speech included:

  • Lord Sugar (Labour), businessman and former Enterprise Champion for the Labour  Government who fronts the BBC television series, The Apprentice
  • Lord Layard (Labour), a member of the Economic Affairs Committee which undertook an Inquiry, Apprenticeship: a key route to skill, in 2007
  • Baroness Sharp of Guildford, who was Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Education and Skills for almost ten years
  • Lord Taylor of Warwick, former member of the Greater London Further Education Funding Council and director of the Warwick Leadership Foundation Charity
  • Lord Haskel (Labour), former government spokesperson for Trade and Industry
  • Lord Young of Norwood Green (Labour), former president of the TUC and spokesperson for Innovation and Skills
  • Lord Cotter (Liberal Democrat), a former company director and Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Small Businesses and Skills
  • Baroness Drake (Labour), governor and acting chair of the Pensions Policy Institute and former commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission

Lord Bhattacharyya, Lord Aberdare, Lord Wakeham, Baroness Jones of Whitchurch, Baroness Turner of Camden, Baroness Donaghty and Lord Liddle also participated in the debate. Baroness Wilcox will spoke on behalf of the Government.

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