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Entry to Employment Programme: Gloucestershire

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 22 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people joined the E2E programme in Gloucestershire in each year since its inception; and if he will make a statement. (129286)

Entry to Employment (E2E) is the main programme for young people not yet ready for an apprenticeship, a job or further learning. The number of young people joining E2E since it began for each funding year (August to July) in Gloucestershire is as follows:

Number

2003/04

1,051

2004/05

741

2005/06

597

2006/07 (First six months)

309

Since 2005/06, additional pre-level 2 provision has been available locally through European social funds. Take-up of such programmes continues to rise in 2006/07. To date, 367 young people have started on this type of provision in Gloucestershire. This is aimed at young people who are not immediately ready to undertake E2E or the minimum attendance of 16 hours per week that E2E demands so offering a wider choice of provision at this level.

E2E has been successful. We will be looking to absorb its good practice into the new system we will be introducing in the next couple of years.