asked the Secretary of State for Employment what percentage of skillcentre trainees are eventually employed by small firms.
I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that the information requested is not presently available. However, a special survey of ex-trainees has recently been carried out, and the results from this, which will be obtained in April, will provide an estimate of the proportion of skillcentre trainees working in small firms 12 months after course completion.
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the appropriate cost per annum of one skill-centre place in the building, or engineering trades, allowing for administration and general overheads.
I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that the average cost of an occupied skillcentre place for a general construction operative is £4,386 per annum.This cost, which is based on expenditure for 1978–79, includes an attribution for administration and general overheads. Additionally, an amount of £2,419 representing trainee allowances may be added.