HC Deb 29 October 1985 vol 84 c424W
53. Mr. Robert Hughes

asked the Paymaster General what numbers of young people are presently completing training with an apprenticeship or recognised equivalent certificate; and what were the numbers in May 1979.

Mr. Trippier

The labour force survey shows the level of young people undertaking apprenticeship training as 356,000 in 1979 and 327,000 in 1984. The numbers entering traditional apprenticeships will become increasingly irrelevant as a measure of the real level of skills training being undertaken by industry because of both the reform of existing training arrangements and the substantial provision of initial skills training now taking place under the youth training scheme.