Tories: you're fired

14th August 2009 at 01:00

Conservatives have criticised the apprenticeship-matching service promoted by Sir Alan Sugar for filling just 600 vacancies in the last six months out of a total of 18,000. David Willetts, the shadow skills secretary, said: "Instead of celebrity gimmicks like this, the Government should be funding apprenticeship places and making it easier for businesses to run the schemes."

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today