Transitional Employment Scheme

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 18th January 2005.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon Shadow Spokesperson (Women), Shadow Spokesperson (Trade and Industry), Shadow Spokesperson (Culture, Media and Sport), Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment has been made of the Transitional Employment Scheme; what plans the Government has to introduce these schemes on a permanent basis; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Barry Gardiner Barry Gardiner Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office)

The Department for Employment and Learning introduced the Transitional Employment Programme (TEP) in October 2003, on a pilot basis, as part of Targeted Initiatives in a small number of areas chosen because of their higher than average incidence of long term unemployment and social deprivation. The Department plans to commission an interim evaluation of the programme early in 2005–06 with a final evaluation to be carried out in 2006–07 financial year. Decisions about the future of TEP will be taken after full consideration of a final report.

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