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New Deal

Volume 404: debated on Thursday 8 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many young people in (a) Coventry and (b) the West Midlands have found permanent employment through the New Deal each year since 1998. [111136]

[holding answer 7 May 2003]: The information is in the table.

Number of people who moved into sustained employment1 through the New Deal for Young People
CoventryWest Midlands
19982803,940
19996007,740
20004107,560
20012906,810
20023306,150
Total1,92032,200
1Sustained employment refers to jobs that last for at least thirteen weeks.

Note:

Figures are rounded to the nearest ten and may not sum due to rounding.

Source:

New Deal evaluation database.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what monitoring takes place to ensure that employers involved in the New Deal provide jobs of quality for the employees whom they accept. [111137]

[holding answer 7 May 2003]: Jobcentre Plus requires all employers interested in recruiting a New Deal employee under the New Deal Employment Option to sign an Employer Agreement, which outlines the quality criteria and terms and conditions relating to the recruitment of employees under New Deal.In addition, monitoring visits are undertaken by Jobcentre Plus staff and partner organisations at frequent intervals during the Option. These help to ensure that the work placement is running smoothly and that no discrepancies exist from that of the original notified vacancy including changes to duties, working hours, wage and expected duration and that the employee is receiving adequate supervision and mentoring.