§ Mr Richard Wainwright
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish in the Official Report68W
a table to show the average waiting time for vacancies on each course offered by skillcentres in Bradford, Leeds and Wakefield; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr Jim Lester
I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that waiting periods for admission to the skillcentre courses on offer at Bradford, Leeds and Wakefield are as listed in the table below, which shows the average period for each course as at 1 November 1980. The periods shown are approximate, and are subject to fluctuation.
Trade Course Approximate waiting period for admission Bradford skillcentre Leeds skillcentre Wakefield skillcentre Electrical/electronic courses Electrical installation and maintenance No course Over 12 months* No course Industrial electronics 9–12 months No course No course Instrument maintenance No course Over 12 months* No course Radio & TV electronic services 4–6 months 3–6 months 3–5 months Plant & automotive courses Contractors plant repair & maintenance No course 3–5 months Over 12 months* Heavy vehicle repair & maintenance 4–6 months No course Over 12 months* Motor vehicle body repair 4–6 months No course 3–5 months Motor vehicle repair & maintenance 6–8 months 4–6 months Over 12 months* Motor vehicle spray painting 9–12 months No course Over 12 months* Miscellaneous courses Hairdressing (men's) No course 6–8 months No course Storekeeping 9–12 months 6–8 months 9–12 months Wider opportunities course Over 12 months* Over 12 months* No course Wider opportunities (with English as a second language) 6–8 months 3–5 months No course
Trade Course Approximate waiting period for admission Bradford skillcentre Leeds skillcentre Wakefield skillcentre Short industrial courses Miscellaneous engineering 4–6 months 5–7 months 3–5 months Construction courses Bricklaying Over 12 months* 6–8 months Over 12 months* Carpentry & joinery Over 12 months* Over 12 months* Over 12 months* Heating and ventilating fitting No course No course 6–8 months Plumbing No course 6–8 months 3–5 months Woodcutting machining No course 3–6 months No course General construction 4–7 months No course 3–5 months Engineering courses Capstan setting operating No course 4–7 months 3–5 months Centre lathe turning No course 3–5 months No course Milling setting operating No course 3–5 months 3–5 months Precision grinding No course 2–3 months No course Sheet metal work No course No course 3–5 months Plate & structural steelwork No course No course 3–5 months Welding electric arc (plate) 6–8 months 6–9 months 4–5 months Draughtsmanship No course 2–3 months 3–5 months Fitting general No course 3–6 months No course Fitting machine tool maintenance 2–3 months No course No course Sewing machine mechanics No course 2–4 months No course Typewriter repair and maintenance 6–8 months 6–8 months No course Watch and clock repair No course 6–8 months No course *Recruitment for this course has been suspended.