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Train to Gain Programme: Oxfordshire

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of businesses in Oxfordshire that will receive extra Train to Gain funding as announced in the Pre-Budget Report. (240397)

I recently announced that I have relaxed the funding rules for Train to Gain for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). To help get them the training that they need, these new flexibilities offer funding for selected units and thin qualifications in business critical areas , and more funding for qualifications at level 2 and 3 for those who already have qualifications at that level. We are promoting this new offer to all SMEs. We will also continue to encourage larger employers to access Train to Gain to help increase the skills of their staff and the productivity of their business.

It is not possible to predict the level of take up particular to a local authority as it is dependent on employer demand. LSC data indicate that during the 2006-07 academic year, 41,700 SMEs were engaged by Train to Gain, representing 83 per cent. of all employers engaged.