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Job Training Scheme

Volume 109: debated on Saturday 2 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) what representation he has on each of the 14 Manpower Services Commission sector groups connected with the job training scheme;(2) what representation he has on the advisory group for the development of the job training scheme;(3) what representation he has in the modular accreditation development programme for the job training scheme;

ClassVoteDescription of ExpenditureCurrent cash limit£'000 RevisionRevised cash limit
XII1Schools, further education and other services211,094–130210,964
XII3Universities, etc.1,564,274–1,5071,562,767
XII4Central Administration53,604+1,03254,636
XII5Research Councils etc.: Agricultural and Food Research Council52,679+4,47057,149
XII8Research Councils, etc.: Science and engineering Research Council315,529+658316,187
XII9Research Councils, etc.: Economic and Social Research Council23,634+18623,820
Supplementary Estimates for Votes 4, 5, 8 and 9 will be presented for parliamentary approval.The increase on Vote 4 is required to cover the part-year costs of an increase in the Department's manpower ceiling at 31 March 1987 from 2,417 to 2,450 and to meet other increases in the level of activity. The Department's running cost target for 1986–87 has accordingly been revised from £54 million to £55 million.

(4) what representation he has on the technical control group of the job training scheme.

The Department is not represented on the groups referred to by the hon. Member. They are, I understand, informal groups involving the major examining and validating bodies. The MSC has brought them together with the immediate purpose of examining the qualifications which might most appropriately be made available for the new scheme. I understand that the MSC will be further consulting the National Council for Vocational Qualifications, on which Her Majesty's Inspectorate has an observer, on the issues relating to qualifications which arise from the job training scheme. Mr. Oscar De Ville, chairman of the NCVQ, has said that the council will work closely with the MSC to help ensure that the qualifications are of high quality and are relevant to the standards required by employers.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what plans he has to involve Her Majesty's inspectorate in ensuring the quality of education and training delivery in the job training scheme.

Where Her Majesty's inspectors observe job training scheme provision in the course of their inspections of colleges they will discuss their judgments about its quality with those concerned and comment, as appropriate, in their published reports on the colleges. In addition, I understand that the MSC's training standards advisory service is likely to be involved in inspecting the quality of the new scheme.