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Departmental Databases

Volume 490: debated on Thursday 26 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) records and (b) data fields there are in the Managing Information Across Partners system. (265741)

I have been asked to reply as the Minister responsible for the Learning and Skills Council.

Managing Information Across Partners (MIAP) provides a set of services in support of the Transformational Government Agenda. It is about streamlining and improving how information on learners and learning is used within the education and training sectors so that excellent services are made available to individuals, employers and their communities.

MIAP offers three internet-based services: a provider- facing Learner Registration Service which assigns a unique learner number to everyone over the age of 14 in education and training; a learner-facing Learner Record Service which is in development, and which uses the unique learner number to enable learner access to their lifelong learning records for the very first time; and a UK Register of Learning Providers, which supports the sharing of learning provider information and brokerage. These services are supported by best practice data sharing protocols in line with data protection legislation.

Over 5.6 million unique learner numbers have been created. For each unique learner number, a unique learner number record is created with up to 16 data fields, of which six are mandatory.

The UKRLP lists over 22,000 learning and training providers. These records provide details of individual training organisations, and the services they provide, along with links to other information such as inspection reports.