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Content published before December 2016

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on training. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

11.11.2016Apprenticeships policy in England
This note provides a summary of current apprenticeships policy and developments in England since 2015.
09.11.2016Technical and Further Education Bill [Bill No 82 of 2016-17]
The Technical and Further Education Bill 2016-17 sets out provisions to improve the quality of technical education (TE), address skill shortages and support the Government's social mobility agenda. The Bill's proposals will: rename the Institute for Apprenticeships the "Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education" and extend its remit to cover technical education, create an insolvency framework for FE corporations and sixth form colleges and extend the statutory duty to provide information on FE to cover providers of FE who receive funding from the combined authorities. The Bill implements recommendations from the Government's Post-16 Skills Plan and the consultation on developing new insolvency regime for the FE sector.
18.07.2016Participation in education and training: 16-18 year olds in England: Social Indicators page
Summary of trends in participation among 16-18 year olds in England since the mid-1980s and basic international comparisons. The latest update includes data from the end of 2013 which was the first to affected by raising the participation age.
10.05.2016Initial teacher training in England
This note outlines the current arrangements for the initial training of school teachers in England. It covers degree- and school-based training routes, and provides background on recent policy developments. It also outlines the qualification requirements for teachers in different types of schools, and proposals to replace the current QTS status with a new teacher accreditation.
06.05.2016The Apprenticeship Levy
This briefing paper is about the Apprenticeship Levy: what it is, how it will work and what the debates around it are.
04.05.2016Immigration Bill 2015-16: Lords amendments and ping-pong stages
The Immigration Bill 2015-16 is currently in ping-pong stage. This Commons Library briefing paper gives an overview of the latest developments with the Bill.
This note provides background on traineeships: what they are, what they entail, how they are funded, and guidance for prospective employers and providers.
27.01.2016Enterprise Bill [HL] 2015-16
This briefing provides an overview of the Enterprise Bill [HL] 2015-16
05.01.2016Apprenticeship statistics for England: 1996-2015
This note presents and analyses data on the number of people starting apprenticeships in England and statistics for Parliamentary Constituencies in England from 1996 to 2015.
30.11.2015Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015: a summary
Updated analysis of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015.

Lords Library Notes

21.10.2016Government Plans to Promote Social Mobility
Ahead of the debate on 27 October 2016 on the Government's plans to promote social mobility, this Library briefing provides an overview of recent Government announcements in this area and concludes with a discussion of different views on social mobility.
12.10.2015Availability and Quality of Apprenticeships, and the Spread of Apprenticeships across the Labour Market
This Library Note provides statistical information on apprenticeships, based on the most recent figures published by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). It then focusses on four key areas of recent government policy development in relation to apprenticeships: the announcement of a government target of three million new apprenticeships by the end of March 2020; the development of new apprenticeship standards
09.06.2011Education Bill (HL Bill 67 of 2010-12)
This Library Note provides information for the second reading of the Education Bill in the House of Lords.


17.05.2016Education in Youth Custody
Recent government policy emphasises putting education at the heart of youth custody. A review of the youth justice system is due to be published in summer 2016. This POSTnote looks at the literature on the provision and quality of education in youth custody in England and Wales. And it examines the challenges in providing education to a population with particular needs.
19.10.2015Trends in ICT
This note looks at developments in information and communication technology (ICT) and their relevance for UK policy in the next five years. It examines the capability, use and economic impact of ICT; technical barriers; and implications for cybersecurity, privacy and internet governance.

Select Committee Reports

11.01.2010Train to Gain: developing the skills of the workforce.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]
18.03.2009Re-skilling for recovery: after Leitch, implementing skills and training policies.
Government response. Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills; Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Select Committee report [Commons]
12.02.2009Pre-legislative scrutiny of the Draft Apprenticeships Bill.
Government response. Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills; Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Select Committee report [Commons]
15.12.2008Re-skilling for recovery: after Leitch, implementing skills and training policies.
Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House notes the contribution of the oil and gas industry to the UK economy; further notes that this billion pound industry supported 440,000 jobs across the UK in 2010 with ...
That this House welcomes the launch of Next Gen Skills, a major new campaign by the UK's leading video games, visual effects, advertising and software technology firms, together with ...
23.11.2011APPRENTICESHIPS (No. 2)
That this House believes apprenticeships are an essential part of the workplace; recognises that apprenticeships provide individuals, businesses, the public sector and the wider UK ...
20.10.2011WORLDSKILLS LONDON 2011 (No. 2)
That this House congratulates the UK team on its brilliant success in the WorldSkills London Competition 2011, finishing 5th out of 39 countries, achieving five gold, two silver and ...
That this Houselooks forward to the start of WorldSkills London 2011 on 5 October; congratulates the members of Team UK on being selected to represent the UK; wishes Team UK the best ...


  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses