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Train to Gain Programme

Volume 495: debated on Monday 29 June 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how people who lose their jobs can access the Train to Gain opportunities announced by his Department on 14 October 2008. (272646)

The programme announced includes £100 million for support for people who are unemployed or facing redundancy. We now expect that funding to provide training places for around 70,000 people.

Individuals who are under notice of redundancy will be able to access the funding training arranged by their employers. Employers will be able to get help and advice and access training through brokerage service run by Business Link or by contacting the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) for advice.

People who are recently redundant or who have been claiming unemployment benefits and who can be helped back into work through this targeted training programme will be able to access the programme by referral from their local JobCentre Plus office or next steps agency.