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Vocational Training

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 22 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans the Government have to improve vocational training for young people in Swindon. (79184)

The new Specialised Diplomas will provide an exciting, aspirational and stretching programme of learning for young people of all abilities and backgrounds, including the most able, who enjoy learning in a practical environment. A new statutory entitlement will be in place for all 14 to 19-year-olds from September 2013. Apprenticeships are the main programme for young employed people seeking vocational qualifications at Level 2 and Level 3. Other opportunities are also being developed, including a pilot programme that started in April this year aimed at encouraging 16 to 18-year-olds in jobs without training to gain a Level 2 qualification, whether academic or vocational. For those over 19 and without either basic skills or a first Level 2 qualification we have put in place the Train to Gain service to deliver high quality flexible qualifications in the workplace.

The local Learning Skills Council can provide details of any local initiatives that are available in the Swindon area.