HC Deb 23 June 1977 vol 933 c566W
Mr. Kilfedder

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what are the present policy objectives of the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Social Services and the Department of Manpower Services with regard to the training and rehabilition of unemployed young people; and whether he will make a statement on the implementation of the policy.

Mr. Concannon

The policy is to augment the opportunities for industrial and commercial training available to young people in Northern Ireland and to provide facilities for the return to the active work force of those who have special employment problems. The Departments and agencies involved in the training and rehabilitation field are currently providing opportunities for 4,000 young persons through industrial training and job creation arrangements, and through incentives in the form of grants to employers.

The number of opportunities available for young people aged between 16 and 19 years during the current financial year under the major schemes are:

Scheme No. of Places
Job Creation
Enterprise Ulster 300
Young Help 100
Industrial Training
Apprentice training 2,045
Young persons training 250
Attachment training 200
Apprentice capitation scheme 160
Apprentice premium grant scheme and special capitation grant scheme 720
Other training schemes 170
Youthways 50