HC Deb 25 November 1991 vol 199 cc388-9W
Mr. Andrew Mitchell

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a statement on progress towards the planned national extension of training credits for young people.

Mr. Howard

I am delighted to be able to announce today the seven training and enterprise councils and two local enterprise companies which will develop training credits schemes to operate from April 1993. These schemes, together with the existing 11 training credits pilots, will mean that some 20 per cent. of the national total of 16 and 17-year-old school leavers will be able to benefit from the increased opportunities offered by training credits. It remains the Government's intention to expand training credits progressively, so that by 1996, within the lifetime of the next Parliament, all young people aged 16 or 17 leaving full-time education will have the offer of a training credit.

The TECs and local enterprise companies that will develop training credits schemes to operate from April 1993:

  • Calderdale and Kirklees
  • Isle of Wight
  • Merseyside
  • Northamptonshire
  • Staffordshire
  • South Thames
  • Mid Glamorgan
  • Caithness and Sutherland
  • Dunbartonshire

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