Last week, Dan paid one of his regular visits to Otley College to speak to students about the work he is doing in Parliament, before answering their questions on a range of issues, both local and national. Dan also met with the Principal, David Lawrence, and heard more about Otley’s merger with Easton College in Norfolk and its increasingly successful apprenticeship scheme for young people.
Dan strongly believes in giving young people the best chance of securing long-term jobs and is delighted that both the Government and our local businesses and colleges are working together to fund thousands of apprenticeships in Suffolk. Thanks to the Government’s efforts to support more young people into education, training and work, record numbers of young people in Suffolk are now finding their way into apprenticeships and vocational training courses at our local colleges. Between 2009/10 to 2011/12, the number of available apprenticeship places increased in Suffolk between by 2,560 to 6,270. At Easton and Otley College, 124 young people were supported into apprenticeship schemes in 2012/13.
Otley College specialises in further and higher education courses in animal care, horticulture and countryside management, and in recent years has expanded by adding a new equine centre, state of the art construction centre, business centre and learning resource centre for learners taking vocational courses.
We are lucky to have a resource like Otley College in Suffolk, which is playing an essential role in providing real training opportunities for young people, supporting our businesses and boosting the local economy. Dan would like to thank David Lawrence and Head of Student Services, Greer Hill, along with all the staff and students, for welcoming him to the college and very much looks forward to visiting again.
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Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Addictions: Health Services (19 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2019 to Question 270772 on Addiction Services, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of medically-staffed inpatient detoxification beds in England; and if he will make a statement.
Drug Treatment Services (16 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: I congratulate the hon. Member for Manchester, Withington (Jeff Smith) on securing the debate. I agree with everything he said. I draw the attention of Members to my declaration of interest as a practising NHS psychiatrist and as someone who has worked in drug addiction, or drug treatment, services. I do not intend to rehearse the discussion on the lack of, or reduction in, funding for the...