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Short Industrial Courses

Volume 982: debated on Wednesday 16 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish, for each region and for each area of the special programmes division of the Manpower Services Commission, the number of short industrial courses in colleges of further education organised in 1978–79 and 1979–80.

I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission—MSC—that the following figures relate to the number of short training courses—formally known as short industrial courses—in colleges of further education organised in 1978–79 and 1979–80. A "course" is taken to run for one academic term with a fresh intake of young people three times a year.

Financial year
1978–791979–80
Special Programmes Division (MSC) RegionsNumber of ST coursesNumber of ST courses
(1) LONDON
London55‡63‡
(2) SOUTH-EAST
Ipswich2718
Horsham2014
High Wycombe3916
Southampton4143
(3) YORKSHIRE AND HUMBERSIDE
Hull3243
Leeds6268
North Yorkshire20
Sheffield5155
(4) NORTHERN
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear7184
Cleveland and Durham1213
Carlisle1312
(5) NORTH-WEST
Lancashire3729
Manchester4441
Liverpool (inner)4538
Liverpool (outer)112111
(6) SOUTH-WEST
Bristol2214
Exeter2521
(7) SCOTLAND
Dumfries24
Dundee79
Edinburgh2626
Glasgow (a)1918
Glasgow (b)1315
Inverness34
(8) WALES
North2121
South5556
West77
(9) MIDLANDS
Birmingham2729*
Coventry7168
Nottingham3947
Wolverhampton5139*
Total1,0511,026
*These figures do not include the Holyhead Road youth training centre.
† This reduction results from the dropping of the 2 and 4 week "Faster" courses.
‡ May not coincide with SPD London area.