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Training: Finance

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether a young person aged 16 or 17 years old who is employed for less than 20 hours a week would receive financial support for the day a week spent in training under the terms of the Education and Skills Bill; and if he will make a statement. (165756)

Our aim is that from 2013 all young people will continue to participate in education or training post-16. Young people will be able to work if they choose to but they should still be in education or training, either part-time alongside employment over 20 hours a week, or full-time alongside employment of less than 20 hours a week. We made clear in the document "Raising Expectations: staying in education and training post-16 - from policy to legislation" that financial constraints should not be a barrier to participation and we are therefore looking at a variety of options to ensure that financial support for learning is restructured in the most effective way.