§ 17. Mr. Devlin
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a further statement on the progress of YTS.
§ Mr. Norman Fowler
Two-year YTS was introduced in April 1986 and the programme is now firmly established as the major route from school to work, providing training for around 60 per cent. of all 16 and 17-year-old entrants356W to the labour market. Three quarters of all young people leaving YTS go into a job, full-time education or further training.
§ 25. Mr. Anthony Coombs
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what are the latest figures for YTS trainees going into work or further education and training.
§ Mr. Nicholls
At the end of March 1988 the Manpower Services Commission management information system shows some 389,000 in training on YTS. This figure represents an impressive achievement in convincing young people the value of training. It also represents significant progress towards our objective that all young people under 18 years of age should have the opportunity either to continue in full-time education or of entering a period of work experience combined with work-related training and education.
§ 73. Mr. Hinchliffe
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what percentage of YTS participants leave the scheme with a recognised qualification.
§ Mr. Cope
Until recently, as a result of the conversion to two-year YTS, 90 per cent. of leavers were early leavers and therefore not representative. Most young people will not have completed their two-year training programme until after March 1988. A national survey of those trainees who have stayed into their second year shows that 54 per cent. have already gained a qualification, and that a significantly higher proportion will have entered for a qualification by the end of their second year.