(2) what schemes are classified as Government-supported training and employment programmes for the purpose of the monthly labour market statistics.
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.
Letter from Jil Matheson, dated December 2009:
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions asking how many people are participating in each Government-supported training scheme and employment programme classified as employment for the purpose of the monthly labour market statistics and what schemes are classified as Government-supported training scheme and employment programmes for the purpose of the monthly labour market statistics. (304383, 304384)
The estimate of the total number of people in employment who are participating in Government-supported training schemes and employment programmes are derived from the Labour Force Survey (LFS).
The current Government Supported training schemes and employment programmes specifically identified by the LFS comprise: Work-based Learning for Young People (those aged 16-25 in Great Britain); Work-based Learning for Adults/Training for Work (Great Britain only); Job Skills and Worktrack (Northern Ireland only); and Entry to Employment.
Some variants of the New Deal: working for the Voluntary Sector or an Environmental Task Force; Basic Employment Training (BET) and Education and Training Opportunities (ETO) are also included.
Estimates of the numbers participating in each scheme and programme are considered too unreliable for practical purposes due to the small sample sizes involved and therefore cannot be provided. However, the latest total figure published in the monthly Labour Market Statistical Bulletin for the period July to September 2009 is 107,000.