I spoke yesterday in a debate, initiated by former Education Secretary, Baroness Shephard of Northwold, on preparing young people for work. The emphasis in the debate tended to be on schoolchildren as well as those not in employment, education or training. I focused on university students and the importance of experience-based learning. I drew on my experience, having spent twenty-five years arranging student placements at Westminster. Such placements help students acquire or hone skills, not least those that employers value, as well as contributing enormously to personal development. The speech can be read here. It was an interesting debate, with a clear message from all parts of the House.