On Wednesday 5 February, Mary introduced a Private Members Bill to ensure the welfare of young people on apprenticeship placements.
A Private Members Bill is a public bill introduced by an MP who is not a government minister. The bills are designed to raise the profile of issues and to make changes to existing law.
This Bill, if passed, will make sure that all providers of apprenticeship training programmes have to meet the minimum standards of safeguarding for young people that already exist for schools, FE colleges and sixth form colleges. Currently, 16-19 Academies and private providers do not have a requirement to meet the same standards of safeguarding, and Mary’s Bill will close this loophole.
“It’s hard to believe that some apprenticeship providers don’t have to meet the minimum safeguarding requirements that some schools and colleges do, and it’s vital for young people’s welfare, and their families’ peace of mind that this loophole is closed.
I’m so pleased that I get to introduce this Bill during National Apprenticeship Week, and I look forward to working with colleagues in Westminster to try and pass this important piece of legislation.”