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Vocational Training

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what facilities Jobcentre Plus offers for access to and registration for skills accounts in each pilot area. (266119)

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 facilities Jobcentre Plus offers for access to and registration for skills accounts in each pilot area. This is something that falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Acting Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.

Jobcentre Plus offers access to skills accounts in Integrated Employment and Skills pilot areas, by referring customers to Learning and Skills Council contracted Nextstep services, or by signposting them to the Careers Advice telephone service. These services offer advice and information on skills accounts and facilitate registration where appropriate.