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Further Education

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the post-16 education and training participation rate is in (a) Bexley, (b) Bournemouth, (c) Buckinghamshire, (d) Kent, (e) Kingston, (f) Lincolnshire, (g) Medway, (h) Poole, (i) Reading, (j) Slough, (k) Southend, (l) Sutton, (m) Torbay, (n) Trafford and (o) the Wirral; and what the equivalent figures are for each of their statistical neighbours in each case. (196182)

Estimates of participation in education, training and employment in England for those aged 16-18 are published annually by the Department in a Statistical First Release (SFR) each June (see following link).

http://www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000734/index.shtml

The Department also publishes local estimates of participation in England alongside the national figures, but these are only available for young people of academic age 16 and 17. The local participation estimates cover those in full-time education, part-time education, and Work Based Learning, but do not identify young people in employer funded training1 or other education and training2 apart from those on a part-time education course.

The most recent local estimates of education and Work Based Learning for local authorities relate to the end of 2005. Tables showing the rates and absolute numbers for 16 and 17-year-olds in the local authorities requested and their statistical neighbours are placed in the House Libraries.

1 Employer funded training covers employees who have received training in the past four weeks, other than those in Work Based Learning.

2 Other education and training covers young people who are studying but are not included in other categories. For example those attending independent colleges or training centres, or those at any college in part-time study not reported as released from job.