HC Deb 05 August 1975 vol 897 cc130-1W
Sir P. Bryan

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many people in Yorkshire and Humberside and in North Yorkshire completed courses at Government training centres during the last two years; and how many of these are at present in permanent employment.

Mr. Harold Walker

I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that it is not possible without a disproportionate expenditure of time to obtain information about the number of people living in Yorkshire and Humberside and in North Yorkshire who were trained at skillcentres in the last two years. The number who completed training at Hull, Leeds, Wakefield and Sheffield Skill-centres during this period was 2,668.

As no SC offers the full range of SC courses, some applicants have to go outside their home areas to train. In addition, some applicants opt for the SC offering earliest admission. Consequently, not all of the 2,668 were therefore necessarily resident in the area specified. Equally, some people living in Yorkshire and Humberside and in North Yorkshire trained at SCs outside the area.

The numbers at present in employment cannot be stated as, although initial placings after training are usually done by the SC or the local employment office, there is no obligation on ex-trainees to use the employment service either for initial placing or later job changes. However, 78 per cent. of trainees from these SCs were placed in employment on completion of training. Placing action continues on unplaced trainees for as long as is necessary.