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Vocational Training: Advisory Services

Volume 468: debated on Monday 26 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills who is responsible for providing information on training places for adults to (a) employers and (b) jobseekers. (167163)

Many employers already train their staff to a high degree and do not require any support in identifying training opportunities. For those employers who are unclear of where to turn we have established the Train to Gain service. Skills brokers support employers to understand their skills needs and then provide a detailed plan of how to meet those needs, including a choice of provider offering training places, often delivered on the employers premises. In addition, many training providers offer advice and support to local businesses on training places.

DWP colleagues advise that currently, Jobcentre Plus customers can access information, advice and guidance on training opportunities from NextStep, LearnDirect and, in some locations, skills coaches funded by the LSC.