§ 76. Mr. Lambie
asked the Paymaster General if he will make a statement about the training needs of the longterm unemployed.
§ Mr. Trippier
Training to meet the needs of the long-term unemployed must aim to provide the skills relevant to finding employment in today's labour market. This includes training designed to increase confidence and motivation and to improve job finding skills, as well as training in occupational skills.
The Government have introduced a number of measures that provide specifically for the needs of the long-term unemployed, including the restart programme and most recently, the pilot job training scheme which is being tested as a means of providing work-related training and experience for those unemployed for over six months.
§ 81. Mr. Willie W. Hamilton
asked the Paymaster General if he will make a statement on the likely trend in the numbers of those on long-term unemployment.