HC Deb 16 July 1985 vol 83 cc68-9W
Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what steps have been taken to ensure the involvement of young people in the planning and execution of the youth training scheme, and in particular, trainee representatives on area manpower boards and programme review teams.

Mr. Peter Morrison

Trainee involvement in the youth training scheme takes place at a number of levels. At the individual level, trainees are involved in shaping their training programmes through the regular contact with scheme staff which is one of the requirements of the scheme. At programme level, sponsors are encouraged to set up programme review teams which include trainee representatives. The commission's aim under the forthcoming two-year youth training scheme is that all programmes should have such teams from April 1987.

At area level, individual area manpower boards may include organisations representing trainees' interests through co-option or by invitation, and some already do so. The composition of area manpower boards is currently under review. At national level, the youth training board includes a member from the British Youth Council, who represents the interests of young people.