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Students and apprentices discuss their experience of the lockdown

3 July 2020

The Education Committee holds an evidence session with students and apprentices to consider the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak on apprenticeships and the skills sector. The session is part of the ongoing inquiry into the impact of the outbreak on education and children's services, and follows on from the Committee's evidence session on 24 June.


Wednesday 8 July - remote participation by witnesses and members of the Committee

At 9.45am

Panel 1

  • Current students and apprentices (details to follow)

Panel 2

  • Richard Atkins, FE Commissioner
  • Jennifer Coupland, Chief Executive – Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

Purpose of the session

The session will examine how the outbreak has affected apprenticeships and skills education and will consider measures to support the sector as the recovery from COVID-19 begins.  On the first panel the Committee will speak to a group of current students and young apprentices to learn about their experience of the lockdown. The second panel will be with the FE Commissioner, Richard Atkins, and the Chief Executive of the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, Jennifer Coupland.

On 2 July the Government announced its intention for further education providers, including colleges and independent training providers, to open full time and for all learners from September 2020.

Further information

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