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Kirkby And Ormskirk

Volume 929: debated on Monday 28 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many (a) men, (b) women and (c) juveniles are currently waiting for training and retraining places in (i) Kirkby and Ormskirk.

I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that the information is not available other than at disproportionate cost.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will detail the training and retraining facilities already available in (a) Kirkby and (b) Ormskirk for (i) men and (ii) women; and what steps are being taken to improve these facilities in each town.

The Manpower Services Commission informs me that the facilities available under the training opportunities scheme in Kirkby and Ormskirk are as follows:

Kirkby
(a) Annexe to St. Helens skillcentre
CourseNumber of places
Carpentry and joinery14
Welding48
Heavy vehicle repair24
Motor vehicle repair24
(b) Colleges of Further Education
CourseNumber of places
Typewriting and office practice10
Engineering induction12
Preparatory courses15
Shorthand and typing18
Shorthand and typing (refresher)18
Medical receptionist20
Clerk audio typing18
Ormskirk.—No regular training facilities are available but occasional use is made of employers establishments for individual trainees. These courses are open to both males and females. At present the Training Services Agency has no plans to increase the training facilities in either town, but people living in Kirkby and Ormskirk can make use of the skill-centres in Liverpool and St. Helens, both of which are within daily travelling distance. In addition the new skillcentre at Preston due to open in June 1977 will provide further training opportunities.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will detail the training facilities already available in (a) Kirkby and (b) Ormskirk for young people; and what steps are being taken to improve the training facilities in each town.

I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that the Training Services Agency aims to offer training for unemployed young people under the age of 19 in areas where there

Type of CourseLocationNumber of Training Places
(a) In KirkbyTypewriter and office practiceKirkby Youth Club10
Engineering inductionKirkby CFE12
(b) In OrmskirkNone.
(c) Within the travel to work area
Motor Vehicle Servicing
St. Helen Technical Col.12
Southport Technical Col.10
Sewing Machinists
Northgate Ltd.20
Peter Bland Ltd.6
Southport Technical College6
R. & L. Manufacturing, Walton6
Engineering induction
Hugh Baird CFE12
Kirkby CFE12
N. E. Technical College12
Prescot CFE10
St. Helens Technical College12
Wm. Neill Southport10
Southport Technical College10
Southport Technical College10
English Electric Walton30
Construction
Booths training centre54
Concrete Practice
Riversdale Technical College20
Gardening
Merseyside Parks and gardens10
Skelmersdale Development Corporation6
Office Practice
Kirkby Youth Club10
Care assistants
Mabel Fletcher15
Laboratory work
Old Swan Technical College10
St. Helens Technical College15
Welding and sheet metal fabrics
North-East Technical College12
Office skills
Southport Technical College20
Building craft Appreciation
Southport Technical College12
Food preparation
Southport Technical College12
Wider opportunities
Liverpool skillcentre24
In addition, the TSA is currently involved with local interests in planning the provision of further training for
NUMBERS UNEMPLOYED IN EMPLOYMENT OFFICE AREAS
BiddulphCheadleKidsgroveLeek
February 1974131122213145
March 1977248291487458
Figures for March 1977 are provisional.

are suitable training facilities and reasonably good employment prospects. For unemployed young people in Kirkby and Ormskirk, the following training provision is available:

unemployed young people at an advance factory in Skelmersdale which is some eight miles from Kirkby and three miles from Ormskirk. Most of the training courses listed last for 12 or 13 weeks and will, therefore, be available to at least three different groups of young people annually.