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Private Training

Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure that private training providers delivering (a) New Deal and (b) other programmes spend a high proportion of funding they receive on the training of individuals and as little as possible on administration. [108724]

In our contracting and monitoring of the New Deal and other programmes we continually seek to ensure quality training for our clients and value for money for taxpayers.Training providers are subject to thorough contractual and quality audits by Jobcentre Plus. In addition, the independent Adult Learning Inspectorate conduct reviews of providers which cover the administration, delivery and quality of the learning they provide. If, during these audits, any issues relating to the allocation of programme funds are identified, they are addressed with the provider.