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Youth Training Scheme

Volume 77: debated on Monday 15 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many young people in the Coventry travel-to-work area are taking part in the youth training scheme; how many places have not been taken up; and how many left before their scheme was completed.

Information in respect of the Coventry travel-to-work area is not available. However, at the end of February there were 3,064 young people in training on the youth training scheme in the Coventry and Nuneaton local authority districts. Some 4,200 places under the scheme were approved in these districts in 1984–85. It is not possible to give a precise figure for the number of places not taken up, mainly because not all approved places will actually beavailable for occupation.Between 1 April 1984 and the end of February 1985, 1,654 young people in Coventry and Nuneaton left the youth trainingscheme four weeks or more before the completion of their programme.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list, for the latest available date, the percentage of recruitment into full-time employment by region, from (a) small and medium-sized companies currently involved in providing work experience places for the youth training scheme by region and (b) large-sized companies currently involved in providing work experience places for the youth training scheme by region.

Information on the destination of leavers from the youth training scheme analysed by size of company providing work experience and by region is not available.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list, for the latest available date, the numbers of injuries to participants in the youth training scheme, reported by region.

The information requested is contained in the table:

YouthTraining Scheme injuries 1 April 1983 to 31 December 1984*
RegionFatalitiesMajor Injuries (†)Minor injuries
Scotland244300
Northern133302

Region

Fatalities

Major Injuries(†)

Minor Injuries

Yorks and Humberside24193
North West38386
Midlands147400
Wales22202
South West211136
South East119159
London545

* Manpower Services Commission accident figures for the Youth Training Scheme are compiled on a similar basis to those prepared by the Health and Safety Executive on employed persons. However, Commission figures will include a number of accidents, in particular road traffic accidents during scheme time and accidents to trainees in educational establushments, which may not have been reportable to the Executive had the individuals been employed.

†Major injuries are classified according to the severity criteria laid down in the Notification of Accidents and Dangerous Occurences Regulations 1980.