HC Deb 11 July 2002 vol 388 cc1178-9W
Shona Mclsaac

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement about progress in introducing Entry to Employment provision. [69293]

Mr. Stephen Twigg

In making its recommendations to encourage greater take up of Modern Apprenticeships, Sir John Cassels' Modern Apprenticeship Advisory Committee proposed the establishment of pre-employment provision for those young people not immediately able to enter a Modern Apprenticeship or other employment. The Learning and Skills Council and the Department have been working together over recent months with other relevant interests to develop a more effective set of arrangements in work-based learning that will enable more young people to progress to higher learning opportunities. To this end a pathfinder Entry to Employment programme will be introduced in the following areas from this August:

  • Bedfordshire and Luton
  • Bristol
  • Central Birmingham and North Solihull
  • Derbyshire
  • Greater Manchester(Rochdale)
  • Oxfordshire
  • North Yorkshire
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Portsmouth and the South East Hampshire area
  • Tyne and Wear (Newcastle and Gateshead).

Current work-based learning provision beneath National Vocational Qualification at Level 2 will be subsumed within the new programme in which there will be a better focus on meeting individual aspiration and need. The Learning and Skills Council plan to evaluate the effectiveness of these pathfinders with a view to wider introduction of a new Entry to Employment programme by August 2003.

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