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Departmental Responsibilities: Young Person's Guarantee

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) who has responsibility for identifying the sectors in which opportunities will be created under the sectoral routeway element of the Young Person's Guarantee; and if she will make a statement; (293583)

(2) where the pilots for the Adult Social Care Routeway for the sectoral routeway element of the Young Person's Guarantee will take place;

(3) what her estimate is of the number of training opportunities in each (a) work sector and (b) region that will be available in each of the next 18 months under the sectoral routeway element of the Young Person's Guarantee; and if she will make a statement;

(4) which employers have offered training places under the sectoral routeway element of the Young Person's Guarantee; and if she will make a statement.

Jobcentre Plus is working in partnership with the Alliance of Sector Skills Councils and individual Sector Skills Councils in order to identify the labour market sectors that have the potential to provide sectoral routeways.

Care First Careers, a joint Department for Work and Pensions initiative with the Department for Health and the Devolved Administrations, is a sector specific initiative to help 50,000 young people into work in the adult social care sector. The scheme is being piloted in the following four Jobcentre Plus Districts:

South West Wales;

Cheshire, Warrington and Halton;

South Tyne and Wear Valley; and

Coventry and Warwickshire.

The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has funding for approximately 37,000 training places in England to March 2011 and is contracting for these using a staged approach. The LSC is now nearing the conclusion of the commissioning process for the first 30,200 places which will be in the following sectors:

Retail;

Hospitality;

Leisure;

Travel and tourism;

Security; and

Facilities management.

The distribution of training places within each sector and the take-up of provision each month will, depend on employer demand at local level.

The Devolved Administrations in Scotland and Wales have also received consequential funding.

The following table shows the regional distribution of the 30,200 places that have been commissioned so far.

Young Persons Guarantee: Sector Routeways (Routes into Work) Pre-Employment Training Volumes for the period from November 2009 to March 2011

Region

Volume

East Midlands

2,684

East of England

2,546

Greater London

3,755

North East

2,456

North West

5,325

South East

2,932

South West

2,019

West Midlands

4,645

Yorkshire and The Humber

3,838

Total regional allocations

30,200

Sources: 1. Department for Work and Pensions. 2. Department for Business Innovation and Skills. 3. Learning and Skills Council.

Pre-employment training, where appropriate, will be delivered by training providers contracted by the Learning and Skills Council.