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Vocational Training

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information his Department provides on (a) training courses and (b) funding for such courses to (i) Jobcentre Plus and (ii) careers advisers. (266121)

The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the acting chief executive of Jobcentre Plus, Mel Groves. I have asked him to provide the right hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Mel Groves:

The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question asking what information his Department provides on training courses and funding both to Jobcentre Plus advisers and careers advisers. This is something that falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Acting Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.

Jobcentre Plus Personal Advisers have access to a range of information on the training provision available locally and the eligibility conditions that apply. There are local partnerships agreements in place between each Jobcentre Plus District and the careers advisory services for young people to facilitate discussions on how best to support young people into appropriate employment, education and training.

Jobcentre Plus is working with the Learning and Skills Councils in England and trialling an integrated employment and skills system which improves the availability of information on learning opportunities to its advisers and those in other organisations. Early policy development discussions are being held with the devolved administrations with a view to trialling similar arrangements.