asked the Secretary of State for Employment what assessment he has made of the relative value of mode A youth training scheme schemes and mode B youth training scheme schemes, respectively, in making the transition from school to work.
[pursuant to his reply, 7 May 1985, c. 356]: One of the main aims of the youth training scheme is to help young people make the transition from school to work. Most places on the scheme are sponsored by employers under "mode A" of the scheme as this provides the most realistic introduction to working life and generally the best prospects for employment. However, there is a continuing need for "mode B" schemes, particularly in areas where there may be a shortage of employer-led schemes.The Manpower Services Commission conducts sample surveys of young people who leave the scheme. The results to date show that leavers from mode A schemes are significantly more successful in finding work than their counterparts in mode B.