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Volume 974: debated on Wednesday 21 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will set out the ratio of people going into employment on completion of training on courses under schemes for retraining.

I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that the employment position of course completers under the training opportunities scheme is the subject of a regular sample survey undertaken three months following course completion.Of adults completing TOPS training during the 1978–79 fiscal year. 70 per cent. were in employment three months following their course completion. The ratio differs quite substantially as between regions of Great Britain and as between types of training and training institutions.