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Apprentices

Volume 978: debated on Wednesday 6 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will consider special measures to increase the number of places for apprentices, in view of the shortage of skilled labour in many parts of industry.

The Government are continuing to support the Manpower Services Commission's "Training for Skills" programme under which Exchequer funds are made available where

Aged under 20 yearsAged 20–24 yearsAged 25–34 yearsAged 35–44 years
1975—July232,840*203,386190,492124,971
1976—January224,545228,953265,290169,133
July390,246*224,850256,801165,089
1977—January252,328254,916299,180185,279
July456,201*252,316286,249177,318
1978—January274,822276,418323,341195,661
July441,028*238,376275,958167,593
1979—January240,492259,013304,458178,959
July389,880*225,494254,020151,029
1980—January240,425271,250306,555177,332
* The July figures for those aged under 20 include considerable numbers of school leavers not present in the January figures.
The January 1980 figures are affected by the introduction, in September 1979, of fortnightly attendance and payment of benefit. Estimates by age are not available, but for all unemployed in Great Britain the numbers are about 20,000 higher than under weekly attendance.

required to support extra training, including extra places for apprentices, to help to meet the skill needs of industry.