§ Mr. Leighton
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what are the main differences between the new job training scheme and the proposed new adult training programme.
§ Mr. Nicholls
Employment training combines the best features of a number of the existing programmes it will replace, including the community programme and the new job training scheme. A major new feature will be the training agent, who will carry out an objective initial assessment for each entrant and draw up a personal action plan, agreed with each individual, which will form the basis of their training programme. Employment training will be more flexible than new JTS, enabling participants to progress through a wide range of training options. These will include project-based training, enterprise training, placements with employers and an entitlement to at least 40 per cent. off-the-job training. The emphasis will169W
be on quality and wherever possible, training will lead to a recognised vocational qualification, or a credit towards one.