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Government Training Courses

Volume 984: debated on Thursday 15 May 1980

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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).

TABLE 1
TOPS COMPLETIONS BY AGE GROUP BY SEX 1972–1980
YearUnder 1919242530314041505160 over61 and overTotal men and womenNumber of women included
19721,00029,0194,700
19731,00039,93011,000
19741,00045,41617,000
19752,00060,72426,873
197615,10489,65139,879
197716,91222,50619,77719,50911,3194,10910094,23240,881
197821,50421,89118,31718,3199,4673,1786692,74239,032
197926,00025,49018,80918,9769,1562,80041101 27246,018
1980:
January-March5,8595,9823,9794,2141,964584622,58310,628
Totals90,379575,569236,011
TABLE 2
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 coveredAll adultsMale adultsFemale adults
April-June 1977565854
July-September 1977626362
October-December 1977576149
January-March 1978646464
April-March 1977–78 Full Year606258
April-June 1978656663
July-September 1978737570
October-December 1978677059
January-March 1979727273
April-March 1978–79 Full Year697067
April-June 1979676867
July-September 1979737670
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.