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Clause 2

Part of Education and Skills Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:45 pm on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners) 4:45 pm, 5th February 2008

I am saying that if, after 18 weeks, they have not started to re-engage with going back to education, employment or training, their personal advisor, probably through the Connexions service, would discuss with them what their support needs are and what would be required to get them back into education or training, be it in employment or otherwise. I doubt it would be appropriate for them to go into employment as well as education or training, because they would obviously have the significant caring needs of looking after their young child. However, with the Care to Learn programme, which is successfully funding child care to enable young parents to return to education, it is perfectly possible for them actively to work towards returning to 16 hours a week.