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Ministers face Committee questions on student loans and apprenticeships

9 March 2018

The Economic Affairs Committee holds its final evidence session for its inquiry into the economics of Higher, Technical and Further education. The witnesses are the Rt Hon Anne Milton MP, Minister of State for Apprenticeship and Skills and Sam Gyimah, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation.


Tuesday 13 March in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 3.35pm

  • Rt Hon Anne Milton MP, Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills
  • Sam Gyimah MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation

Likely questions

Questions the Committee are likely to ask are:

  • How fair is the current student loans system?
  • How adequate is the maintenance support available to students?
  • Is FE education's poor relation?
  • How biased towards university applications is the careers advice and information provided to pupils?
  • Does the current way student loans are repaid penalise middle earners?
  • The value of setting targets for higher education and apprenticeships.
  • The impact of the apprenticeship levy and the decline in apprenticeships since it was introduced. 
  • The use of the apprenticeship levy to fund training for existing employees, rather than creating new apprenticeships. 
  • Part-time and lifelong learning, including how people can be trained in skills needed in a future labour market.

Further information

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