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Train to Gain Programme

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what demand there has been from employers for Train to Gain in each of the last five years. (247621)

[holding answer 14 January 2009]: I have been asked to reply.

Train to Gain builds on the Employer Training Pilots which were very successful in engaging employers and employees in training up to a first full level 2. Train to Gain started to roll out regionally in April 2006 achieving full national coverage in August 2006. Data on Train to Gain is not available prior to this date.

Train to Gain is a growing programme and employer demand is increasing. In 2005-06 (April 2006 to July 2006) there were 4330 employer engagements and 32,400 learner starts. In 2006-07 (August 2006 to July 2007) there were 47,490 employer engagements and 206,300 learner starts. In 2007-08 (August 2007 to July 2008) there were 52,080 employer engagements and 331,800 learner starts.