asked the Secretary of State for Employment, pursuant to his reply of 30 April, Official Report, column 108, what attempts are made to ascertain whether the 85 per cent. of ex-trainees who are not sent a questionnaire find work after completion of their training schemes; whether the 35 per cent. of those sent questionnaires and who do not respond are further contacted by (a) the Manpower Services Commission or (b) officials of his Department in an attempt to ascertain whether they found work after completion of their training; whether he will take steps to ensure that a larger percentage of ex-trainees are contacted for the purposes of compilation of post-youth training scheme statistics; and whether he will make a statement.
The 15 per cent. sample size for the regular follow-up survey of young people who leave the youth training scheme was chosen because it provides an accurate national picture of what happens to all leavers in each month, including those who are not contacted. It also generates reliable regional and area information each quarter.
|Area||Total contracted mode A places||Contracted places *private training organisations||Percentage private training places of total mode A|
|Wolverhampton and Walsall||4,200||1,193||28·4|
|Dudley and Sandwell||4,085||1,531||37·5|
|Oldham, Tameside and Stockport||3,679||1,169||31·8|
|Bolton, Bury, Rochdale and Wigan||4,176||869||20·8|
|Edinburgh, Central and Fife||7,600||1,584||20·8|
|Sheffield and Rotherham||5,288||824||15·6|
|Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle||2,751||1,050||38·2|
|* Private training organisations are defined as private companies whose business is wholly or partly the provision of training services to commerce and industry. Group training associations and other industrial training bodies are excluded.|
Private training organisations either existed prior to the youth training scheme as commercial training providers or have been set up in order to provide training for the scheme. In most cases the organisations provide the off-the-job training in their own centre and send trainees to other organisations for work experience.