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Skillcentres (Entrants)

Volume 114: debated on Tuesday 7 April 1987

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asked the Paymaster General if he will provide, for the last two years, a breakdown of entrants into skillcentres according to marital status by (a) under 24 years, (b) 25 to 44 years and (c) 45 plus years of age groups; and if he will give for each grouping the further breakdown according to the to-open and to-close status of the centres.

Of 23,000 skillcentre trainees sponsored by the Manpower Services Commission's vocational education and training group who started training between 1 April 1986 and 27 December 1986, some 8,000 were less than 25 years of age when they started training, and 15,000 were aged 25 years or over.The other information requested can be obtained only at disproportionate cost in the case of VETG-sponsored trainees, and is not available in the case of industry-sponsored trainees. There are no present plans to open or close skillcentres.