§ Mr. Hancock
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will consider implementing a school leaver trainer programme involving apprenticeships in specific skills similar to that of the Federal Republic of Germany.
§ Mr. Peter Morrison
The Government have just approved plans for a major expansion of the youth training scheme. This will mean a longer period of training for 16-year-olds, a greater attention to training in specific, occupational skills, and the chance to gain a recognised vocational qualification, or credits towards one. The new scheme will draw on lessons from overseas, and will build on the achievements of the existing scheme. It will go a long way towards matching the training system in Germany.