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Adult Training

Volume 130: debated on Wednesday 30 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment when the new adult training programme will come into operation.

The new programme, which I have decided will be called "Employment Training", will come into operation on 5 September this year. The Manpower Services Commission is now well advanced with its detailed plans for launching the new programme and it has already established contact with a wide range of training providers. This new programme, which will have resources of £14 billion, will enable up to 600,000 unemployed people each year to acquire the training they need to fill the job vacancies which are now increasingly available.