§ Mr. Frank Allaun
asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many young people he expects to be looking for work training in the Manchester area in the current year; and what are their prospects of obtaining regular work, training or a place on the youth opportunities programme.
§ Mr. Golding
It is estimated that this year approximately 34,000 young people will leave school at the statutory school leaving age in the Greater Manchester area. It is not yet possible to estimate 27W the proportions who will go into further education, obtain regular employment or training or be offered a place on the youth opportunities programme. However, in 1977 83 per cent. of the school leavers in Greater Manchester who registered as unemployed in July had found employment or places in full-time education or training by December. It is the Government's firm intention that no Easter or summer school leaver who is still unemployed the following Easter should be without the offer of a place in the youth opportunities programme.