HC Deb 13 February 1976 vol 905 cc441-2W
Mr. David Steel

asked the Secretary of State for Employment why no grant is available for the training of electrical installation apprentices in their first three years of training, whilst in the fourth year of training the employer may be eligible for a grant from the Construction Industry Training Board.

Mr. Harold Walker

I am informed by the Manpower Services Commmission that the Construction Industry Training Board's grant policy makes no provision for the payment of grants for electrical installation apprentices who are receiving on-the-job training and day release during the first three years of training. This is in accordance with the policy of the Electrical Engineering Services Committee, as approved by the Board, of allocating limited financial resources available from the levy on the industry to payment of grants intended to encourage improved forms of training recommended by the Board. Accordingly, substantial grants are payable in respect of apprentices undertaking off-the-job first year training under the Board's new standard scheme of training.

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