asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many persons of each sex and age group have taken part in the various Government-sponsored training courses since they were available; and what percentages have subsequently put their newly acquired skill to practical use within six months.
I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that, for the period from 1972, when the training opportunities scheme was introduced until December 1976, the information is not available in the form requested. Table 1, below, shows the total number trained for each year from 1972 to 1976 with separate sub-totals for people under 19 and women (including under 19s).
|TOPS COMPLETIONS BY AGE GROUP BY SEX 1972–1980|
|Year||Under 19||19–24||25–30||31–40||41–50||51–60 over||61 and over||Total men and women||Number of women included|
|TOPS TRAINEES WHO HAVE MADE USE OF THEIR LEARNING IN SOME FORM OF EMPLOYMENT SINCE THEY COMPLETED THEIR COURSE|
|Note: Work preparatory and assessment courses have been excluded. All adult aged 19 and over.|
|Time period covered||All adults||Male adults||Female adults|
|April-March 1977–78 Full Year||…||60||62||58|
|April-March 1978–79 Full Year||…||69||70||67|
|TOPS postal 1 in 6 follow up survey of TOPS trainees conducted three months after training has been completed.|
People under 19 are not eligible for TOPS support but are trained under the special training measures for young people introduced in 1975 to combat rising unemployment. For the period January 1977 to March 1980 a more detailed annual analysis by age group is provided. A separate age analysis for women is not available but the total trained each year is shown in the final column.
Figures for the number who have used their new skills in work within six months of completing training are not available. However, the Manpower Services Commission conducts a quarterly survey of adults aged 19 and over completing training to determine how many are in work three months after completing training and are currently using their skills or have used them. Table 2 shows for males and females separately the percentage who have completed occupational courses and have used their skill at some time.