22 October 2019


Iain Duncan Smith urges Government to promote on-the-job training

Iain Duncan Smith highlights a Centre for Social Justice report that show only 15% of people in the UK ever progress beyond entry-level work and calls on the Government to encourage businesses to do on-the-job training so those people can move on and increase their salaries.

Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green) (Con)

A recent report by the Centre for Social Justice showed that in the UK, of those who start entry- level work, only 15%—15%—will ever progress beyond it in their whole life. That is an indictment of the UK under different Governments. Beyond apprenticeships, what plans does my right hon. Friend have to find ways to encourage businesses to do on-the-job training, so that those people can move on and increase their salaries?

Andrea Leadsom

My right hon. Friend is right to raise the much bigger challenge of how to get young people not only into an apprenticeship but past it, enabling their skills to develop. We are doing that in a number of different ways. The Government continue to speak with businesses and monitor the impact of the apprenticeship levy on the performance of young people. We are doing a lot to promote start-up businesses for young people through the British Business Bank, but we continue to need to seek ways to ensure that no young person is left behind.