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Adult Education

Volume 406: debated on Thursday 5 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people entered Work-Based Learning for Adults in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. [114478]

The information requested is in the table. Figures provided are for England only, as responsibility for Government-funded training in Wales and Scotland is devolved to the Welsh Assembly and the Scottish Parliament respectively.

Work-Based Learning for Adults (WBLA)—Delivered by Training and Enterprise Councils
Starts to WBLA


DfEE WBLA Trainee Database

Work Based Learning for Adults (WBLA)—Delivered by Jobcentre Plus

Starts to WBLA

April 2002 to December 0253,200


DWP WBLA Evaluation Database

Several factors have contributed to the reduction in the numbers of people starting Work-Based Learning for Adults (WBLA) since 1997. These include: the fall in unemployment since 1997; the restriction of WBLA provision to people aged 25 and over (excluding exempt groups) following the introduction of New Deal for Young People; and the introduction of New Deal 25 plus in April 2001. This resulted in JSA recipients unemployed for over 18 months becoming ineligible for Work Based Learning for Adults.