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Employment Schemes

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many starts on the Entry 2 Employment programme were contracted between the Learning and Skills Council and providers in each county in England for each of the last four years; how many starts there were in each county in each year; and what the percentage difference is between the two figures in each case; (131647)

(2) when he will reply to Question 131647, on the Entry 2 Employment programme, tabled by the hon. Member for Cheltenham on 29 March 2007.

[holding answer 16 April 2007]: Data on Entry2Employment programme participants are collected on the Learning and Skills Council’s (LSC) Individualised Learner Record (ILR). The Entry2Employment programme was introduced in the work-based learning ILR collection for the first time in 2002/03 and figures are presented from that time.

The following table shows the number of starts on the Entry2Employment programme in each local Learning and Skills Council area—these data are not currently available by county.

We are unable to provide figures on the number of starts contracted between LSC and providers, and the difference between the number of actual and contracted starts, because data on contracted starts are not collected. Contracts are for places rather than starts; a provider may be contracted to fill 30 places but these 30 places may be filled by 70 or more young people during the year.

Volume of E2E starts by local LSC area

2003/04

2004/05

2005/06

Derbyshire

1,510

1,110

1,610

Nottinghamshire

1,580

830

920

Lincolnshire and Rutland

680

530

470

Leicestershire

720

520

800

Northamptonshire

870

620

680

Norfolk

950

550

700

Cambridgeshire

550

520

580

Suffolk

610

460

570

Bedfordshire and Luton

530

510

540

Hertfordshire

800

640

710

Essex

1,730

1,300

1,550

London - North

850

820

740

London - West

780

640

650

London - Central

2,340

1,950

1,910

London - East

1,820

1,690

1,760

London - South

1,370

1,000

1,010

Northumberland

420

470

420

Tyne and Wear

2,410

2,260

1,840

County Durham

880

770

780

Tees Valley

1,360

1,390

1,300

Cumbria

860

660

720

Lancashire

2,100

1,940

1,840

Greater Merseyside

3,980

3,300

3,090

Greater Manchester

3,540

3,300

3,290

Cheshire and Warrington

580

520

520

Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire

1,040

890

910

Berkshire

320

350

350

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

1,500

1,560

1,560

Surrey

270

330

320

Sussex

650

920

550

Kent and Medway

1,210

1,210

1,320

Devon and Cornwall

1,600

1,020

1,170

Somerset

450

340

290

Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole

600

530

540

West of England

980

1,050

960

Wiltshire and Swindon

380

380

310

Gloucestershire

1,050

740

590

Shropshire

910

670

550

Staffordshire

1,510

1,520

1,240

The Black Country

1,960

1,680

1,240

Birmingham and Solihull

1,880

1,880

1,770

Herefordshire and Worcestershire

610

540

550

Coventry and Warwickshire

1,340

930

880

North Yorkshire

440

320

260

West Yorkshire

3,720

2,780

2,700

South Yorkshire

2,070

1,700

1,610

Humberside

1,390

1,230

1,380

England

59,680

50,830

50,030

Note:

Numbers are rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

Individualised Learner Record