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Youth Training Scheme

Volume 31: debated on Tuesday 9 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he is satisfied with the response of larger employers to the youth training scheme; and whether he is considering introducing any incentives to large employers to encourage a better response to the scheme.

Ministers in the Department of Employment are having a series of meetings with major employers to urge them to take part in the new scheme, and the Manpower Services Commission has set up a special unit for the same purpose. The response so far has been encouraging.I believe there is already a sufficient financial incentive for employers to take part in the scheme.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if it would be cheaper to give direct incentives to large employers to participate in the youth training scheme than to merge the youth training scheme and the young workers scheme.

We have no plans to merge the youth training scheme and the young workers scheme.