HC Deb 01 May 1973 vol 855 c260W
25. Mrs. Doris Fisher

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what percentage of places for women are expected to be found in the increased number of places at national training centres as envisaged in the White Paper on industrial training.

Mr. Chichester-Clark

Courses provided at Government training centres, colleges of further education and employers' establishments under the Training Opportunities Scheme are open equally to men and women. With the expansion in Government training over the last year, the number of women taking courses has increased rapidly and in March 1973 over a quarter of trainees were women. It is expected that this proportion will go on increasing.

27. Mr. Sutcliffe

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what proposals he has received from industry to provide training courses for young people above the upper limit of compulsory school age to supplement 12-week vocational training provision; and what response he has made.

Mr. Chichester-Clark

A firm on Tees-side, with the support of the Teesside Education Committee, has proposed a course lasting six months covering a wide range of skills. This is being considered in consultating with the Department of Education and Science, and a decision will be given as soon as possible.

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