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Youth Training

Volume 82: debated on Tuesday 2 July 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what was the participation rate for 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21-year-olds in education and training in each of the years since 1975; and what information he has as to how these figures compare with the rates for the United Kingdom's principal economic competitors.

[pursuant to his reply, 24 June 1985, c. 313]: Full data for the United Kingdom prior to 1979 are not available. The preparation of participation rates for

Participation in education and training*
Percentages
ItalyJapan†‡USA‡GermanyFranceNetherlands
1979
Aged 16n/a91n/a978396
17n/a92n/a916877
18n/a38n/a704356
19n/a37n/a442739
1981
Aged 16698994928497
17709087896982
18563755724559
19453641463042
* Including apprenticeships and schemes similar to YTS.
† Estimated; excluding some aged 18 and 19 in certain vocational training, ("special training schools"—Japanese terminology).
‡ Includes private sector higher education.
≑ Including compulsory part-time education for the youngest leavers; three years in Germany, one year in Netherlands.