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Small Firms (Work Experience Programmes)

Volume 981: debated on Tuesday 18 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what proportion of young people on work experience programmes is sponsored by small firms.

I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that about 54 per cent. of the work experience places on the youth opportunities programme are sponsored by firms employing 100 people or fewer. Approximately 39 per cent. of the places are sponsored by firms employing 20 people or fewer.