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Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning

Government Bill

Originated in the House of Commons, Session 2008-09

Last updated: 20 November 2009 at 19:15

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Long title

Make provision about apprenticeships, education, training and children’s services; to amend the Employment Rights Act 1996; to establish the Young People’s Learning Agency for England, the office of Chief Executive of Skills Funding, the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation and the School Support Staff Negotiating Body and to make provision about those bodies and that office; to make provision about the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority; to make provision about schools and institutions within the further education sector; to make provision about student loans; and for connected purposes.


The Bill introduces a wide range of measures covering apprenticeships, learning and skills and educational provision.

Key areas

  • Provides for a statutory framework for apprenticeships and creates a right to an apprenticeship for suitably qualified 16-18 year olds
  • Introduces a right for employees to request time away from their duties to undertake training, and places a corresponding duty on employers to consider such requests seriously and to be able to refuse them only for specified business reasons
  • Dissolves the Learning and Skills Council
  • Transfers the responsibility for funding education and training for 16-18-year-olds to local authorities
  • Makes provisions with respect to the education of offenders
  • Creates the Young Person’s Learning Agency, the Skills Funding Agency, a new regulatory body for qualifications (Ofqual), and a new agency to carry out the non-regulatory functions currently performed by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority
  • Strengthens the accountability of children’s services
  • Amends intervention powers in respect of schools which are causing concern
  • Establishes a new parental complaints service
  • Changes the school inspection arrangements
  • Creates a new negotiating body for pay and conditions for school support staff
  • Makes provisions in respect of pupil and student behaviour.

Sponsoring departments

Department for Children, Schools and Families
Ed Balls
Labour, Normanton
Department for Children, Schools and Families
Baroness Morgan of Drefelin
Labour, Life peer

Current version of the Bill

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009
20 November 2009

Bill passage

Bill started in the House of Commons
1st reading
2nd reading
Committee stage
Report stage
3rd reading
Bill in the House of Lords
1st reading
2nd reading
Committee stage
Report stage
3rd reading
Final stages
Consideration of amendments
Royal Assent
In progress
Not applicable
Not yet reached