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Column 207Mr. Nicholls : Trainees spend an average of about six months on employment training.
Mr. Eggar : A number of training and enterprise councils (TECs) will shortly be submitting their corporate and business plans for approval. The national training task force will consider these plans and will be making its recommendation to me.
Mr. Eggar : I have been very encouraged by the excellent response from employers throughout the country since we issued the invitation to form training and enterprise councils. Applications for development funding from 55 groups of senior employers from around the country have been approved. The table lists the areas which have received development funding.
List of TECs awarded development funding 1. South East Essex
Heart of England (Oxfordshire)
Isle of Wight
3. South West
4. West Midlands
5. East Midlands and Eastern
Central and South Cambridgeshire
6. Yorkshire and Humberside
7. North West
South and East Cheshire
North East Wales
North West Wales
Mr. Eggar : The budget for each training and enterprise council (TEC) will be negotiated locally and will vary according to the size of its area. Budgets will range from around £5 million to around £35 million per annum.
We expect to have a complete network of training and enterprise councils throughout England and Wales by the end of the year.
Mr. Eggar : I have been very encouraged by the excellent response from employers throughout the country since we issued the invitation to form training and enterprise councils. Applications for development funding from 55 groups of senior employers from around the country have been approved.
68. Mr. Colin Shepherd : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what arrangements he is making to ensure that the training and enterprise councils are able to recognise a need in respect of the disabled which spreads beyond the immediate territory within which they will be operating.
Mr. Eggar : Training and enterprise councils (TECs) will set out their training proposals in their business plan. My Department will want to be satisfied that these proposals meet the training needs of all individuals in their local community, including people with disabilities, and encompass access to training outside the TEC's immediate locality where appropriate.
Column 209Mr. Eggar : I expect the first training and enterprise councils to be operational in the spring.
Mr. Eggar : As TECs become operational they will assume responsibility for the vast majority of expenditure which is currently managed by the Training Agency. This amounts to around £2.5 billion in 1990-91.
Mr. Nicholls : A recent survey of employers estimated that 8.6 million employees received training through their employers in 1986-87. The survey excluded the armed forces, agriculture, and firms with fewer than 10 employees.
More recent figures from the labour force survey show that in the spring of 1988 2.8 million employees received job-related training in the four weeks prior to the survey.
30 Mr. Lofthouse : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what was the total number and percentage of employees receiving training in the four-week period prior to the labour force survey in 1988.
Mr. Nicholls : A total of 2,773,000 employees of working age received job-related training in Great Britain in the four-week period prior to the labour force survey in 1988. This is 13.3 per cent. of all employees of working age.
Mr. Nicholls : The Government make training available for young people aged between 16 and 18 who are not in full-time education or employment through YTS. Employment Training (ET) is available primarily for adults aged over 18 and under 60 who have been continuously unemployed for at least 26 weeks. It is also open to certain special groups who do not need to satisfy the 26 weeks' unemployment criterion.
Currently there are 386,000 YTS trainees and 207,000 ET trainees.
32. Mr. McAvoy : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will estimate the amount of expenditure on employer-based training as a percentage of gross domestic product in Germany, Japan, the United States of America, and Sweden and the United Kingdom for the most recent date for which information is available.
Comparable figures are not available for the other countries listed.
31. Mr. Corbett : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will give the total number of training agents who have (a) had their contracts terminated and (b) gone into receivership between January and December 1989.
Mr. Eggar : This Department's general employment services are designed to help meet the needs of as many people with disabilities as possible. They are supplemented as necessary by a range of provision specifically for people with disabilities including sheltered employment for those with severe disabilities. These services are the subject of a review, the results of which will be made available as soon as possible.