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Adult Education

Volume 454: debated on Wednesday 13 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his most recent estimate is of the number of adults in the workplace without a first full Level 2 qualification, broken down by (a) Learning and Skills Council and (b) local education authority; and if he will make a statement. (108113)

The Department publishes annual figures on Qualifications and Participation in Learning at a local level; the latest version for January-December 2005 can be found at:

The table on Qualification Attainment of economically active adults includes the number and proportion of adults in the workforce without a Level 2 qualification broken down by LSC and local education authority area.

Nationally, we are making very good progress towards the Adult Level 2 PSA target. We expect to exceed comfortably the 2006 interim milestone—1 million more adults in the workforce with Level 2 or higher qualifications since 2003—when final Labour Force Survey results for 2006 are published in March 2007.