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Manpower Services Commission (Schemes)

Volume 24: debated on Tuesday 25 May 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish in the Official Report a table giving the total number of persons, including young persons, engaged on Manpower Services Commission schemes in (a) the Wolverhampton area and (b) the West Midlands, together with a breakdown showing the number of schemes and the number of persons engaged in each category of scheme, including youth opportunities programmes, community enterprise programmes and training opportunities programmes.

The information is not available in the exact form requested. The schemes run by the

Table A: Wolverhampton Area
MSC SchemeNearest equivalent to Wolverhampton area for which figures availableNumber of schemes active as at 24.5.82Number of participants/filled places
Youth Opportunities ProgrammeWolverhampton Local Authority District1,204 Work Experience on Employers Premises schemes 16 Community Projects 1 Training WorkshopDuring the period 1.4.81 to 31.3.82 approximately 5,800 young people entered schemes
In April 1982 approximately 330 young people entered schemes
Community Enterprise ProgrammeMSC Special Programmes Division's Wolverhampton Area Office (includes Walsall, Dudley, Sandwell and Wolverhampton)6At the end of March 1982 there were 810 filled places on schemes.
Training Opportunities ProgrammeMSC's Training Services Division Wolverhampton area including Wolverhampton, Bilston, Willenhall, etc.Not availableOn 19 May 1982 there were 132 people participating in courses: 27 based at employers' establishments and 105 at colleges of further education
Table B: West Midlands
MSC SchemeNearest equivalent to West Midlands area for which figures availableNumber of participants/filled places
i) Youth Opportunities ProgrammeMSC Special Programmes Division West Midlands Planning Region, which includes: Warwickshire, Hereford, Worcester, Shropshire, Staffordshire and West Midlands Metropolitan District, including Dudley, Wolverhampton Walsall, Sandwell, Solihull, Birmingham and CoventryDuring the period 1.4.81 to 31.3.82 some 67,100 young people entered schemes In April 1982 approximately 4,800 young people entered schemes
ii) Community Enterprise ProgrammeAs above, plus Northamptonshire CountyAt the end of March 1982, there were 2,290 filled places on schemes.

Manpower Services Commission are administered on different geographical areas. The following tables give details of MSC schemes broken down into areas coinciding as closely as possible with the areas requested. Information on the numbers of schemes in the West Midlands is not available, except at disproportionate cost.

MSC Scheme

Nearest equivalent to West Midlands area for which figures available

Number of participants/filled places

iii) Training Opportunities ProgrammeMSC Training Services Division West Midlands Region. As for (i) above.At the end of March 1982, there were approximately 2,800 participants, of whom some 1,530 were non-skillcentre-based, and approximately 1,270 were skillcentre-based