§ Mr. Normanton
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what action he is taking to improve the opportunities for school leavers to obtain apprenticeships.
§ Mr. Chichester-Clark
The Government have agreed to share the cost again this year of an Engineering Industry Training Board scheme of awards for initial apprentice training in engineering. The number of awards will be related to the placing in employment of last year's award holders. One thousand five hundred places will be made available initially and the number will be reviewed in the light of experience.
Other training boards have been asked to consider the scope for apprentice award schemes in their industries.