HL Deb 23 April 2001 vol 625 cc16-7WA
The Earl of Northesk

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What conclusions can be drawn from the fact that the worktrain.gov.uk search engine does not recognise the word "Internet" but returns the error message "Internet has not been recognised. It may be mis-typed or not in our dictionary. Please type in different job title." [HL1621]

The Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment (Baroness Blackstone)

Worktrain is an important new service on the Internet, providing information about jobs, training and careers. It was launched by the Secretary of State for Education and Employment on 8 March 2001.

Users can search for jobs by selecting from a list of different types of work or specify a job in their own words. At present the word "Internet" is not included in the job titles listed, as relatively few job vacancies in related work are held by the Employment Service. However, the searching system is being enhanced to include additional words which people frequently use and the word "Internet" will be added shortly.