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Train to Gain Programme

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much was spent on Train to Gain brokers in 2007-08; and what percentage of Train to Gain expenditure in that year this figure represents. (254450)

[holding answer 5 February 2009]: Train to Gain total spend for 2007-08 financial year was £312,959,000 of which £38,630,000 was spent on brokerage. This represents 12.3 per cent. of the overall spend.

Train to Gain is the key service for supporting employers to invest in the future productivity and profitability of their businesses by investing in the skills of their employees. Train to Gain offers quality-assured, impartial advice from skills brokers, to help business, identify the skills needs at all levels and make the right, informed choices.

Since Train to Gain was rolled out nationally in August 2006, it has engaged over 101,000 employers and supported over 570,000 learners to begin learning, of whom over 290,000 have achieved a qualification.

Train to Gain total spend for 2007-08 financial year was £312,959,000 of which £38,630,000 was spent on brokerage. This represents 12.3 per cent. of the overall spend.