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Youth Training

Volume 173: debated on Tuesday 22 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a statement on progress in current youth training schemes.

There are currently 359,500 young people on YTS which is being delivered by some 3,280 managing agents. The latest YTS leavers' survey shows that 86 per cent. of young people who completed their training went into employment and 67 per cent. gained a qualification. Youth training, which will be introduced on 29 May, will build on the successes of YTS. It will enable a more flexible approach to be adopted towards the training of young people, will produce higher levels of skills, and will focus on the needs and interests of the local community. Youth training will be introduced nationally on 29 May. Those training and enterprise councils that are already operational have the opportunity, if they wish, of implementing the new training arrangements before that date.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list by year and by regional training area since the inception of the YTS, the percentage of trainees having literacy problems.