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    • Commons Briefing papers: 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.
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Apprenticeship statistics for England
Published Friday, December 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06113
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 2016.
Youth employment
Published Monday, December 4, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0248
On 6 December 2017 there will be a General Debate in Westminster Hall on youth employment. This debate is sponsored by Gillian Keegan MP.
Participation in education and training: 16-18 year olds in England: Social Indicators page
Published Monday, November 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02628
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.
Unpaid Work Experience (Prohibition) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Friday, October 13, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0070
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Unpaid Work Experience (Prohibition) Bill [HL] on 27 October 2017

Topics: Employment, Pay, Training

English Baccalaureate and Broadening the Curriculum
Published Monday, September 11, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0060
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on the English Baccalaureate and broadening the curriculum.
Job centres and the Department for Work and Pensions estate
Published Wednesday, July 19, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0152
This Debate Pack briefing provides information in anticipation of the debate, entitled “Job centres and the Department for Work and Pensions estate”. This debate is sponsored by Chris Stephens MP and will take place in Westminster Hall on Thursday 20 July at 1.30pm, lasting for 90 minutes.
Apprenticeships policy in England
Published Thursday, June 29, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN03052
This note provides a summary of current apprenticeships policy and developments in England in 2017.
Initial teacher training in England
Published Tuesday, June 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06710
This House of Commons Library Briefing provides information on initial teacher training (ITT) in England, including the different ITT routes, the sources of financial support for trainees, and recent policy developments.
Cyber Security of UK Infrastructure
Published Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0554
The Government has identified ‘cyber’ as one of six Tier 1 threats to UK national security. This POSTnote focuses on the cyber security of the UK’s critical national infrastructure, describing measures to improve cyber security and challenges in implementing them. It also reviews the new National Cyber Security Strategy, along with international policy and legislation.
EU Agencies and post-Brexit options
Published Friday, April 28, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7957
What are EU agencies and what do they do? Will the UK be able to participate in their activities after Brexit? And what will happen to the two that are based in the UK? This paper looks at the roles and functions of EU agencies, the issues surrounding the two UK-based agencies, and whether there are options for continued UK participation after Brexit.
Employment opportunities in food and farming
Published Monday, April 24, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0124
A debate, entitled "Employment opportunities in food and farming" and sponsored by Derek Thomas MP, will take place on Tuesday 25 April 2017 at 2.30pm in Westminster Hall.
Work of the Ad Hoc Committees in 2014–15: House of Lords Digital Skills Committee
Published Monday, March 13, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0014
This Lords Library briefing provides information about the work of the House of Lords Digital Skills Committee; its conclusions and recommendations; the government’s response; and a summary of the debate held in the House of Lords.
Financial support for apprentices
Published Tuesday, March 7, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0076
This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate on financial support for apprentices taking place in Westminster Hall on 8 March 2017. The subject for this debate has been chosen by Kelvin Hopkins MP.

Topics: Employment, Training

Technical and Further Education Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, January 19, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0005
This Library briefing provides information on the Technical and Further Education Bill and the consideration of the Bill in the House of Commons.
Brexit: UK Funding from the EU
Published Thursday, December 29, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7847
This Commons Library briefing Looks at the funding received by the UK from EU institutions and considers the implications of Brexit on the EU as a source of funding for regional development, agriculture support, research and innovation and other areas.
Technical and Further Education Bill: Committee Stage Report
Published Tuesday, December 20, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7782
This Briefing Paper provides information on the Technical and Further Education Bill's progress in Public Bill Committee. It summarises Government amendments to the Bill and discussion on the Opposition's attempts to amend the Bill.
Education of Young People Leaving Custody
Published Thursday, December 15, 2016 | POSTbriefs POST-PB-0023
A briefing that discusses children’s engagement with education and training on release from custody - complementing POSTnote 524 on Education in Youth Custody.
Technical and Further Education Bill [Bill No 82 of 2016-17]
Published Wednesday, November 9, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7752
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.
Apprenticeships Funding
Published Monday, October 31, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0192
This debate pack has been prepared ahead of the Westminster Hall debate on apprenticeships funding, which will take place on Tuesday 1 November at 9.30am.

Topic: Training

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