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Microelectronics (Training)

Volume 14: debated on Thursday 3 December 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what facilities are being provided in Wales for the training of young people in microelectronics; and how many are currently undergoing training:(2) how much the Government have contributed in Wales towards training grants for the development of training courses in microelectronics in the current financial year.

The information cannot be separately identified in the form requested. A wide range of training courses in electronics, computers and engineering which cover microelectronics is provided by many institutions throughout Wales, particularly colleges of higher and further education. Specialised in-house training is also undertaken by individual employers.The Government contribute in a variety of ways, notably through the training opportunities programme; support for the engineering industrial training board; assistance to companies under section 7 of the Industry Act 1972. A programme for information technology training centres under the youth opportunities programme is also being planned.In addition Wales benefits from the Government's £8 million microelectronics in education programme; also 18 microcomputers have been installed and over 100 further applications received in Wales under the Government's microcomputers in schools scheme.