§ Mr. O'Halloran
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what further measures he is taking to promote additional teaching schemes in the building and construction industry.
§ Mr. Golding
I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that it has made available to the Construction Industry Training Board some £7 million to finance a further programme of special measures to support the board's recruitment and training programmes in 1978–79.
The funds will enable the board to offer enhanced grants to employers recruiting young people for first year off-the-job training and over 1,900 premium grants to employers recruiting additional 158W trainees, and to operate a further training award scheme for up to 2,125 people to make good any shortfall in recruitment by employers. The programme also includes measures to continue the training of redundant apprentices and other trainees who are without employers and to support the provision of additional industrial places for college-based sandwich course students.