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Employment Training

Volume 171: debated on Wednesday 25 April 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment when results will be available from the follow-up survey of employment training trainees, and if he will place a full copy of results in the Library.

When sufficient data are available to satisfy my right hon. and learned Friend of the reliability of more detailed analyses he will consider placing a report in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what was the number of accidents on employment training, fatal, major and minor, for each month since the start of the scheme to the latest available date.

ET accident figures are collected quarterly, as for YTS. The table gives the accident figures.

Accidents1
FatalMajor2Minor
5 September 1988 to 31 December 1988nil2491
1 January 1989 to 31 March 1989nil31161
1 April 1989 to 30 June 1989nil53276
1 July 1989 to 30 September 1989nil52286
1 October 1989 to 31 December 19891367246
1 Training Agency figures have been compiled on a similar basis to those prepared by the Health and Safety Executive on employed persons. However, the Training Agency's figures will include a number of accidents to trainees in educational establishments and road traffic accidents which may not have been reportable to the Health and Safety Executive had the individuals been employed.
2 Major injuries are classified according to the severity criteria laid down in the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1985.
3This was a road traffic accident.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many employer-based work placements and how many project-based work placements have either been rejected or closed on health and safety grounds since employment training was introduced.

Separate figures for closures and rejections for employer-based and project-based work placements are not kept. The table gives figures of closures and rejections on health and safety grounds from 5 September 1988 to the present date. The figures are provisional.

ClosedRejected
15nil

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the annual expenditure on ET from the start of the programme to the estimated outturn for 1990–91; how much of that budget in cash terms was used to pay (a) the trainees' training allowances, and (b) the trainees' training premium; and if he will make a statement.

The table shows the annual expenditure on employment training (ET) from the start of the programme to 1990–91.

(£ million)
1988–891989–901990–91
(from 5 September 1988)provisional outturnestimate
Total Employment
Training
expenditure4251,0961,156
Training
allowances151527585
Training premium
(estimated)34102108
Employment training is currently helping over 200,000 unemployed people to obtain the skills and experience they need to get jobs. The Government believe that the level of financial support for ET trainees is reasonable given the need to devote adequate resources to maintaining the quality of training.