§ 56. Mr. Patrick Thompson
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what initiatives he has taken to encourage industrial firms to step up their training programmes.
§ Mr. Pattie
My Department encourages industry to increase its investment in training by providing a range of assistance for training development, particularly in the field of new technology. For example, my Department offers learning packages on the application of a range of microelectronics-led technologies, supports the development of distance learning video courses and assists interactive video projects which result in new training or educational programmes to be used in industry and commerce. My Department is also involved in joint projects with the Department of Employment, the Manpower Services Commission and the Department of Education and Science in the training field.