Government Training Centres

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment and Productivity – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 4 December 1969.

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Photo of Mr John Ellis Mr John Ellis , Bristol North West 12:00, 4 December 1969

asked the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity how many Government training centres and training places there were in each year since 1964; and how many are planned in the next two years.

Photo of Mr Edmund Dell Mr Edmund Dell , Birkenhead

With permission, I will circulate the figures in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Photo of Mr John Ellis Mr John Ellis , Bristol North West

Does my hon. Friend accept that the Government deserve a great deal of credit for the great increase which these figures will show? Will he tell the House whether he has initiated any studies with existing places as to the usefulness of the work being done there and whether they are meeting the needs of people we are keen to serve in this business of retraining?

Photo of Mr Edmund Dell Mr Edmund Dell , Birkenhead

I entirely agree with my hon. Friend that the increase in the number of training places since November, 1964, which has more than trebled them, has been a factor of fundamental importance and a considerable achievement. The usefulness of training places is shown by the fact that people trained at Government training centres normally achieve useful employment very shortly afterwards.

Following is the information:

Number of Government Training CentresTraining Places
November, 1964264,078
November, 1965305,595
November, 1966326,421
November, 1967387,775
November, 1968408,863
November, 1969439,609
November, 1971 (estimated on the basis of present plans)54nearly 13,000