§ Mr. Foster
asked the Secretary of State for Employment (1) if, in calculating the hourly rate per trainee, he will include administration and direct costs 145W incurred by employers organising life and social skills training in work experience on employers' premises schemes in the youth opportunities programme;
(2) what is the cost per trainee hour of the life and social skills training within the work experience on employers' premises module of the youth opportunities programme.
§ Mr. Peter Morrison
[pursuant to his reply, 3 June 1981, c. 327]: The administration and direct costs incurred by providers of life and social skills training are taken into account in the amount paid per trainee hour.
The current amount paid to local education authorities for life and social skills courses run by colleges of further education for work experience trainees—including work experience on employers' premises trainees—in the youth opportunities programme is £1.63 per trainee hour. The rate will rise to £1.79 in September 1981.
Rates for this form of training mounted by other bodies are negotiated between the Manpower Services Commission and the provider.
The current rate is generally in the order of £1.25 per trainee hour when premises are also provided.
The rates paid reflect the full economic cost of providing such training.