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Vocational Training

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many individuals in each region are undertaking training as part of the Train to Gain scheme in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement. (138758)

[holding answer 14 June 2007]: Train to Gain is an ongoing service and as such performance is updated on a regular basis. Detailed operational information is not held centrally by the Department but is collected by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC); Mark Haysom as the LSC chief executive has written directly to my hon. Friend and a copy of his reply has been placed in the House Library.

Letter from Rob Wye dated, 21 June 2007:

I am writing in response to your recent parliamentary question to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, about how many individuals in each region are undertaking training as part of the Train to Gain scheme in 2007-08. I am writing on behalf of Mark Haysom as he is on annual leave.

In the period April 2006 - March 2007, the regional breakdown of Train to Gain learners was as follows

Number

East of England

9,500

East Midlands

10,440

London

8,340

North East

10,690

North West

21,990

South East

11,640

Southwest

9,120

West Midlands

17,510

Yorkshire and the Humber

16,370

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many qualifications have been awarded under Train to Gain, broken down by (a) sector and (b) (i) level and (ii) year awarded. (142161)

The Train to Gain programme commenced in select regions from April 2006. A full rollout of Train to Gain commenced from August 2006.

To date 38,760 learners have succeeded in gaining their qualifications:

Number

Skills for Life achievements

3,920

Level 2 achievements

32,800

Level 3 achievements.

2,040

Source: LSC Management Information

The LSC is planning to report on Train to Gain success rates, including sector breakdowns, in the 2006-07 learner outcomes statistical first release: Further education and work-based learning for young people—learner outcomes in England, which is expected to be published in April 2008.