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Youth Training Programmes

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th February 1986.

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Photo of Tim Yeo Tim Yeo , South Suffolk 12:00 am, 27th February 1986

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many young people have joined the youth training programme in Northern Ireland in 1985–86 compared with the two previous years.

Photo of Dr Rhodes Boyson Dr Rhodes Boyson , Brent North

To date this year 14,936 young people have joined the youth training scheme in Northern Ireland compared with 12,742 in the previous year and 11,575 in 1983–84.

Photo of Tim Yeo Tim Yeo , South Suffolk

How many of the trainees on the youth training programme are subsequenty placed in jobs?

Photo of Dr Rhodes Boyson Dr Rhodes Boyson , Brent North

I can give the information that my hon. Friend desires. This year, 57 per cent. of those aged between 16 and 17 who have done the one-year course have left to go to jobs. That is 2 per cent. more than last year and 6 per cent. more than two years ago. One can say that the scheme is working.

Mr. J. Enoch Powell:

Has the Minister had cases brought to his attention where young unemployed people have been unable to avail themselves of youth training because of their inability to acquire the basic necessary kit.