HC Deb 28 April 1981 vol 3 cc383-4W
28. Mr. Viggers

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he is satisfied with the nature of the work made available to participants in the youth opportunities programme.

Mr. Peter Morrison

Work experience schemes under the youth opportunities programme are approved by the Manpower Services Commission only if they offer opportunities which will improve the young person's employment prospects by providing a realistic introduction to working life.

Every effort is made to ensure that the work experience provided is varied an equips young people with basic skills, and the success of the programme is indicated by the large number of young people who find work or enter further education or training after they leave.

35. Mr. John Lee

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he is satisfied with the effectiveness of the youth opportunities programme as it relates to training.

Mr. Peter Morrison

Within the overall provision of the youth opportunities programme, a comprehensive range of training opportunities now exists which responds to the needs of young people and the local labour market. Such training is regularly monitored and I am generally satisfied with the arrangements being made.

37. Mr. Patrick McNair-Wilson

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what sums have been received for the youth opportunities programme from the European social fund.

Mr. Peter Morrison

I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave on 24 February to my hon. Friend the Member for Newbury (Mr. Michael McNair-Wilson).—[Vol. 999, c. 321.]

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