§ Mr. Ernie Ross
asked the Paymaster General, pursuant to his answer of 19 January concerning the sample survey of the job training scheme pilots, how large the survey will be; if he will name the independent consultants involved; what precisely the survey will cover; and when he expects it to be completed.
§ Mr. Trippier
The survey of the new job training scheme pilots is being carried out by Research Bureau Limited. The survey includes interviews will all managing agents and most training and practical experience providers in the pilot areas, together with postal questionnaires to a sample of about two hundred trainees and a small number of people who have left the scheme or who were offered the option of joining but who did not take the offer.
The survey will provide a range of information on the characteristics of trainees, managing agents, training and experience providers, occupations in which training is given, and the qualifications sought, and the reasons why trainees and employers have participated in the scheme.
It is expected that the consultants will report the results of the survey in the spring.