§ 23. Ms. Coffey
To ask the Secretary of State for employment what plans she has for increasing the number of training places available in Stockport for young people to learn engineering skills.
§ Mr. McLoughlin
The Government have given training and enterprise councils the responsibility and resources to plan and deliver training which is most appropriate to meet local needs.
The Stockport area is covered by Stockport and High Peak training and enterprise council and we are satisfied that it has adequate training places available for the young people in its area who wish to enter the engineering industry.
In addition the training and enterprise council plans to increase its engineering provision with the introduction of a new course leading to the achievement of a national vocational qualification level three in two years.