Saturday, October 1, 2022

MP Stephen Metcalfe asks question on laboratory technicians

THE MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, Stephen Metcalfe, rose on the floor of the House of Commons to ask questions regarding lab technicians.

Mr Metcalfe said:

“To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the recent decision to replace the mandatory qualification for the laboratory technician apprenticeship with a requirement for theoretical knowledge, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that (a) that apprenticeship delivers sufficient scientific knowledge and skills for apprentices and (b) the career progression of apprentices is not adversely affected by that decision”.

“To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the recent decision to replace the mandatory qualification for the laboratory technician apprenticeship with a requirement for theoretical knowledge, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that standards for apprenticeships are consistent across the science sector”

Gillian Keegan, Minister for Education replied:.

“This is a matter for the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education. I have asked its Chief Executive, Jennifer Coupland, to write to the honourable member and a copy of her reply will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses”.

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