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Yts

Volume 124: debated on Tuesday 15 December 1987

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16.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what information he has as to how many people in the borough of Southwark have obtained jobs during or immediately following their period on a YTS scheme.

54 per cent. of young people who left YTS schemes in the borough of Southwark between April 1986 and June 1987 were in jobs when surveyed several months later.

37.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment on what basis the transitional allowance has been calculated for the YTS.

The proposed YTS bridging allowance is designed to provide short-term payments for young people who have to wait for a few weeks for a YTS place after leaving a job or a previous YTS place. The allowance will be paid for a maximum of eight weeks, during which time the offer of a YTS place will be made. The allowance will be set initially at £15 per week — more than twice the level of child benefit.

56.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many young people currently on the YTS have employed status.

Manpower Services Commission records show that at the end of September 1987 there were 46,900 young people on YTS with contracts of employment. This represents 11 per cent. of the total number of young people on YTS. The Government hope that still more employers will place their young employees on YTS for the quality training which the scheme provides.

59.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a statement on the proportion of YTS trainees obtaining jobs at the end of their training period.

The Manpower Services Commission conducts regular follow-up surveys of all young people leaving YTS. The latest results cover those leaving during the period April 1986 to June 1987 and show that for Great Britain 72 per cent. of those who completed their entitlement to training were in a job at the time of the surveys.This is welcome news as is the fact that many employers are placing their young employees on YTS for the high quality training which the scheme provides.

69.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will estimate the number of YTS places unfilled at present.

70.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a statement on the two-year YTS.

At the end of October 1987 there were some 431,000 young people receiving high quality training on YTS schemes, the highest figure ever for the programme. The latest information on those young people leaving YTS between April 1986 and June 1987 shows that 74 per cent. were going into work or further education and training.This is welcome news as is the fact that many employers are placing their young employees on YTS for the training which the scheme provides.

75.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many places on YTS schemes on Merseyside he plans for 1988–89.

80.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what has been the percentage of young people who have failed to complete the youth training scheme since the introduction of two-year YTS.

Some 765,400 young people started YTS schemes between April 1986 and October 1987. Of this number, 326,200 young people had left their scheme more than four weeks before their expected completion date. This represents 43 per cent. of those who have started the two-year YTS. Of those who left YTS early, 66 per cent. left to go into a job or on to another YTS scheme.

81.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what are the latest statistics for YTS participants gaining employment at the end of their courses.

The Manpower Services Commission conducts regular follow-up surveys of all young people leaving YTS. The latest results cover those leaving during the period April 1986 to June 1987 and show that for Great Britain 72 per cent. of those who completed their entitlement to training were in a job at the time of the surveys.