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Vocational Training: Foreigners

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many non-UK nationals are undertaking vocational training at UK Government expense. (148215)

The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) collects data on country of domicile of learners through the Individualised Learner Record (ILR). It is not possible to provide data on learners undertaking vocational training, particularly as a number of young people follow a mixed programme involving both vocational and general subjects. For funding purposes, the LSC regards as ‘ordinarily resident’ any person who habitually, normally and lawfully resides in the UK or European Union or the European economic area for the three years prior to the start of their course as ‘home’ learners. The LSC only funds provision for home learners if they satisfy the three years residency criteria. In 2005-06 there were 44,630 non-UK nationals who were learners on publicly funded further education (FE) provision and 2,230 on work based learning (WBL) programmes. Non-UK nationals accounted for 1.3 per cent. of all LSC funded FE provision and 0.4 per cent. of all WBL learners. The data for 2006-07 are not yet available.