HC Deb 20 January 1986 vol 90 c43W
Mr. Thurnham

asked the Paymaster General what representations he has received seeking to extend to two years the youth training scheme for all 18-year-old school leavers; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Trippier

I have not received any such representations. Our main concern has been with the training and prospects of 16 and 17-year-old school leavers, and that concern will be met by the expansion of YTS from April this year. It will offer two years' high quality training to 16-year-old school leavers and one year for 17-year-old leavers, and the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification. This represents a major step forward for the age group.

There will be 18-year-olds on YTS, even though 18-year-old school leavers are not catered for; 18-year-olds have access to a range of Government schemes; and all our adult training programmes are open to people aged 18 and over.

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