§ Mr. John Evans
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what measures he will be introducing to increase the quality of the educational content of Government training schemes.
§ Mr. Cope
Training schemes run by the Manpower Services Commission are primarily designed to give people the competence to compete effectively in the labour market. Most schemes also provide opportunities for trainees to gain recognised vocational qualifications. A training standards advisory service has been established to provide independent quality audits of both youth and adult training schemes. Also, the MSC requires all providers of YTS training to become approved training organisations and there are proposals to extend this requirement to the new job training scheme. These measures are designed to improve the quality of training opportunities for young people and adults.