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School Leavers

Volume 31: debated on Friday 12 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many school leavers who ceased full-time education in the borough of Knowsley, Merseyside, during the school years 1980–81 and 1981–82, respectively, have not yet found full-time employment; and, in respect of each year, how many are currently registered for industrial training on State schemes.

The information requested is not available because statistics on school leaver unemployment are not analysed according to the year in which young people left school. However, the total number of school leavers under 18 years of age registered as unemployed in the borough of Knowsley on 14 October was 1,578. Training is provided for unemployed school leavers under the youth opportunities programme, but figures of those currently on the programme in particular local authority areas are not available.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many school leavers who ceased full-time education in the United Kingdom during the school years 1980–81 and 1981–82, respectively, have not yet found full-time employment; and, in respect of each year, how many are currently registered for industrial training on State schemes.

The information requested is not available because statistics on school leaver unemployment are not analysed according to the year in which young people left school. However, the total number of school leavers under 18 years of age registered as unemployed in Great Britain on 14 October was 197,310.Training is provided for unemployed school leavers under the youth opportunities programme. The number of school leavers on the programme is not known, but the total number of places occupied in Great Britain at the end of September was 252,100. All but a few of these places would have been occupied by young people who left school in 1981 or 1982.In addition Government measures to support apprentice training will be assisting 35,000 young people this year.