Training

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.

Standard Notes

DateDescription
28.02.2012Apprenticeships policy
This note provides a summary of apprenticeships policy in England.
02.02.2012Apprenticeship statistics
This note presents and analyses data on the number of people starting apprenticeships.
11.01.2012Participation in education and training: 16-18 year olds: Social Indicators page
Now includes estimates to the end of 2008
09.06.2011Apprenticeships and small businesses
This note contains information on the Government's policy regarding small businesses and apprenticeships, statistics on apprentices in small business, some more general statistics on apprentices in England, and some statistics on small businesses.
09.12.2010Welfare to work programmes: an overview
This note provides an overview of the main back-to-work schemes that offer support to unemployed individuals in their job search. The system is currently in a state of transition between the New Deal programmes of the previous Government and the Coalition Government's policy of replacing them with a new scheme called the Work Programme by summer 2011.

Research Papers

DateDescription
05.05.2011Education Bill: Committee Stage Report
This is an account of the House of Commons Committee Stage of the Education Bill. It complements Research Paper 11/14, prepared for the Commons Second Reading debate, which examines the range of matters covered by the Bill. As originally presented, the Bill sought to make provision relating to the National Assembly for Wales' framework powers. However, these clauses were removed from the Bill following the 'yes' vote in the Welsh Devolution Referendum. A Government amendment to clause 13 (reporting restrictions on alleged offences by teachers) was agreed to without a vote. This inserted new schedule 11B into the Education Act 2002, and was introduced to secure compliance with a European Electronic Commerce Directive. Several minor and technical Government amendments were also made to the Bill. The Opposition tabled many amendments, a considerable number of which were pressed to a division, but none was successful.
07.02.2011Education Bill [Bill 137 of 2010-11]
This paper has been written for the House of Commons Second Reading debate on the Education Bill [Bill 137] on 8 February 2011. The Bill seeks to implement the legislative proposals in the Department for Education's schools White Paper, 'The Importance of Teaching', and measures from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills relating to skills and the reform of higher education funding. It is therefore a very wide-ranging Bill.
22.04.2009Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee Stage Report
This is a report of the House of Commons Committee Stage of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill. It complements Research Papers 09/14 and 09/15 prepared for the Commons Second Reading debate.
13.03.2009Welfare Reform Bill: Committee Stage report
This is a report on the Committee Stage of the Welfare Reform Bill. It complements Research Papers 09/08 and 09/09 prepared for Commons Second Reading.
18.02.2009Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: apprenticeship and training provisions (Bill 55 2008-09)
This paper is one of two which examine the main proposals of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill 2008-09. It deals with the provisions relating to apprenticeship and training, such as the introduction of a statutory framework for apprenticeships and a right for employees to request time to undertake training. See also Research Paper 09/15.

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
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]

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
09.06.2011Education Bill (HL Bill 67 of 2010-12). LLN 2011/020
Education Bill. House of Lords Library Note 2011/020

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
30.11.2011OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
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 ...
25.11.2011NEXT GEN SKILLS LAUNCH
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 ...
15.09.2011WORLDSKILLS LONDON 2011
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 ...

Glossary

  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - an occasional series of papers compiled by the House of Lords Library