Mr. Jim Callaghan
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what proposals he has for young people, who are currently unable to learn a skilled trade because of present circumstances, to have fresh opportunities to attain job skills in the future.
§ Mr. Peter Morrison
The Manpower Services Commission recently published, with Government support, a consultative document—"A New Training Initiative"—designed to encourage debate and action by employers, unions, and the education and training services on three objectives:
- (1) better arrangements for intitial skill training to agreed standards;
- (2) better vocational preparation for the generality of young people;
- (3) wider opportunities for adults to train and retrain.
It is hoped that this new initiative, together with the support already being given under the training for skills programme, youth opportunities programme and training opportunities programme will help to ensure that there are sufficient fresh opportunities for young people to obtain job skills in the future.