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Steel (Redundant Workers)

Volume 35: debated on Thursday 27 January 1983

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry (1) how many applications were made in 1982 for re-adaptation grants or assistance under the European Coal and Steel Community scheme for redundant steel workers;(2) how many applications for readaptation grants or assistance under the European Coal and Steel Community scheme for redundant steel workers were refused in 1982; and how many are still pending.

Sixteen applications were made by the Government in 1982 for ECSC funds to be allocated to contribute to readaptation benefits for redundant steel workers. None was refused, but replies are awaited from the Commission to two applications.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what were the main categories of study or training for which applications were made for readaptation grants or assistance under the European Coal and Steel Community scheme for redundant steel workers.

Applications for training support from redundant steel workers under the readaptation scheme jointly funded by the Government and the ECSC cover a very wide range of skills. The main categories of skills for which training has been supported since the scheme was introduced in 1974 are as follows:

  • Bricklaying
  • Carpentry and joinery
  • Catering
  • Community care
  • Computer programming and micro processors
  • Domestic appliance servicing
  • Dressmaking, fashion and design
  • Electrical installation and maintenance
  • Fork lift truck driving
  • Furniture craft
  • Hairdressing
  • Heating and ventilation fitting
  • Heavy goods vehicle driving
  • Industrial cleaning
  • Light/heavy vehicle repair and maintenance
  • Plumbing
  • Pneumatic and hydraulic fitting
  • Radio, television and electronic servicing
  • Refrigeration and air conditioning
  • Secretarial skills
  • Welding
Support has also been given for studies in a number of fields aimed at improving the employment prospects of redundant steel workers. The main categories include:

  • Accountancy
  • Business administration
  • Degree courses (usually scientific subjects)
  • English as a second language
  • G.C.E. courses
  • Management studies