Andrew Gwynne MP has pledged to introduce a Private Members’ Bill to substantially boost the number of apprenticeships across England.
Today Andrew will be introducing the Apprenticeships and Skills (Public Procurement Contracts) Bill. The Bill will require that contracts awarded by local and central government should include a pledge to providing skills training and apprenticeships.
The latest Treasury figures show that the Government spent £236bn on procurement in 2011-12. This includes £194bn of current procurement and £40bn of capital procurement. The Bill would also encourage those businesses most able to take on apprentices to do so, but with a focus on those awarded with the largest contracts.
Andrew was drawn as one of the lucky winners in the annual Private Members’ Bill ballot in Parliament recently. He was drawn as the seventh MP to introduce a new Bill on the floor of the House of Commons which will have its Second Reading on 1st November 2013.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“Good quality, properly-funded apprenticeships are absolutely invaluable to the future of our economy and create a win-win situation for workers of all ages, for employers and for UK plc. But we must ensure that they develop the skills and training we need for the economy of the future.
“Maximising the impact of public investment is equally important, and I am delighted that my Private Members Bill – which ensures companies in receipt of substantial sums of public money are required to take on apprentices – is acknowledged across the board as key step in developing opportunities and vocational education for a new generation.
“It is a relatively small change that would make such a big difference given youth unemployment remains one of the biggest issues facing our country in these economically tough times.”
Andrew has past experience in passing a Private Members Bill, having already achieved the rare feat of introducing a new law to the statute book. The Debt Relief (Developing Countries) Act 2010 received cross-party support when it was proposed by Andrew Gwynne, resulting in a new law that continues to protect developing countries from so-called vulture funds using the courts to sue countries for historic debts.
The short title of Andrew’s Bill is: Apprenticeships and Skills (Public Procurement Contracts) Bill.
The Long title is: “A Bill to require certain public procurement contracts let by public authorities to include a commitment by the contractor to provide apprenticeships and skills training; and for connected purposes.”
The other signatories for Andrew’s Bill include: Alan Johnson; David Blunkett; Catherine McKinnell; Jamie Reed; Dan Jarvis; Barbara Keeley; Tom Greatrex; Bill Esterson; Robert Halfon; Andrew George and Caroline Lucas.