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When it comes to skills, basic training can have a big impact

I have seen the results in my own constituency

To keep up with our international competitors, getting apprenticeships right will be crucial. Photo: PAULA SOLLOWAY / ALAMY STOCK PHOTO

We are at a critical stage in terms of where the government goes with its apprenticeship programme. It has been shot through with problems since the levy was introduced in 2017. Applied to employers with an annual wage bill above £3m, their contribution was meant to help fund three million new apprenticeships.

Yet concerns now proliferate about where the money is being spent and how much is available, particularly…

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