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Youth Officers

Volume 886: debated on Thursday 20 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many establishments offer training courses for youth officers; how many places were available in 1970 and in 1974; and how many are forecast for 1975 and 1980.

Six establishments offer full-time courses of initial training and one a part-time course, all leading to qualified status as youth leader or community centre warden. There were 160 places available in 1970 and 225 in 1974. Proposals for further courses are under consideration, but it is not yet possible to indicate the number of additional places likely to be involved. Some colleges of education offer specific training for youth work within their courses of teacher training.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what estimates his Department has made of the demand for qualified youth officers during the next quinquennium.

Local authorities forecast their requirements annually for the subsequent year only. The Department watches general trends in supply and demand, but because of the changing needs of a diversifying and largely voluntary Youth Service, and especially having regard to current discussion on its future, it is not at present practicable to estimate medium and long-term requirements with accuracy.