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Education (South Devon)

Education and Skills written question – answered on 29th June 2005.

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Photo of Anthony Steen Anthony Steen Conservative, Totnes

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many young people are expected to be on the Prince's Trust Teams programme run by Dartington Tech in this financial year; how many there were in each of the last three years; and if she will make a statement on education funding in South Devon.

Photo of Bill Rammell Bill Rammell Minister of State (Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education), Department for Education and Skills

holding answer 22 June 2005

The number of young people on Prince's Trust Teams in programmes run by Dartington Tech is as follows.

2002–03 195
2003–04 175
2004–05 215

Devon and Cornwall Learning and Skills Council have set out specific priorities for the coming year, in line with national and regional activities. These include ensuring access to education and training opportunities for 16 to 18-year-olds; increasing the take-up of apprenticeships; tackling basic literacy and numeracy problems; and providing first-time Level 2 opportunities.

In addition, the local LSC has a significant range of co-financed (European Social Fund) projects tackling skills shortages and addressing issues of social inclusion on top of activities funded from mainstream resources.

Taken together, this provides a significant response to the learning and skills needs in the local LSC area.

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