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Young People

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 12 March 2008, Official Report, column 405W, whether each of the two staff are receiving at least one day of training or education each week. (205515)

My answer of 12 March explained that the Department employed two full time staff who were under 18 years of age, However the current position is that one left the Department on 31 March and the other is now over 18 years of age. Records of specific time spent on training or education, including day release, are not kept centrally; however inquiries indicate full induction and appropriate levels of training, including on-the-job training for the specific posts held, amounting to at least an average of one day a week training or education,

The Department is committed to encouraging young people to have the best possible start to their working lives and staff are directed to guidance on support for time off for study or training on the Department's main website.