HC Deb 11 May 1988 vol 133 cc168-9W
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 will

be on quality and wherever possible, training will lead to a recognised vocational qualification, or a credit towards one.