HC Deb 16 December 1986 vol 107 cc512-3W
22. Mr. Gareth Wardell

asked the Paymaster General what progress has been made on the adult training strategy.

Mr. Trippier

During 1986 the Manpower Services Commission has continued to progress the adult training strategy in three main ways: first, through promoting more positive attitudes to training and awareness of the means for taking action; secondly, through projects to enhance the effectiveness of the training infrastructure and systems; and, thirdly, through programmes to make an immediate contribution to the supply of skills in current and future demand.

Much has been done to encourage closer partnership between employers and training institutions. Several initiatives now exist to enhance the effectiveness of the role played by employers, training institutions and representative agencies in the training system.

40. Mrs. Clwyd

asked the Paymaster General what new measures he expects to introduce to improve adult training.

Mr. Trippier

Our adult training programmes are frequently reviewed to ensure that they meet the needs of the labour market and represent good value for money. Changes are announced whenever decisions are taken.

77. Mr. Fatchett

asked the Paymaster General if he has any plans to increase adult training facilities.

Mr. Trippier

This year it is planned that over 250,000 people will benefit from a wide variety of programmes. Twice the number helped in 1983–84. In addition, a number of initiatives seek to make employers, individuals and training providers more aware of the need for relevant and cost-effective training.

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