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Training: British Nationality

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer of 21 February 2008, Official Report, column 878W, on training: British nationality, how many and what proportion of those undertaking (a) Skills for Life courses, (b) apprenticeships, (c) first time level 2 adult training and (d) train to gain programmes are not (i) British citizens, (ii) EU citizens and (iii) UK residents. (195906)

The Learning and Skills ‘Statement of Priorities’ published on 16 November 2007 reaffirms the Government's commitment to up-skilling British people to provide them with the skills required in a more competitive labour market, to get them off benefits and into jobs and to help them to advance from low skilled to higher skilled jobs. We will continue to help those who need to improve their skills—the overwhelming majority of whom, but not all, are British.

In 2006/07 there were a total of 2.060 million adult learners (aged 19+) on further education (FE) provision including Skills for Life and level 2 training funded by the Learning and Skills Council. Approximately 36,500 of these learners are recorded as having a country of domicile outside the United Kingdom and its Islands. Due to the way data are collected, further differentiation of these learners to identify all those domiciled outside the European Union or by qualification level is not possible.

The total number of LSC-funded adult learners on work-based learning (including apprenticeships) and Train to Gain courses in 2006/07 was 204,300 and 169,400 respectively. It is not possible to break down these figures by country of domicile so EU and non-EU residents cannot be identified.