To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
(1) how many people started courses under train to gain in the latest year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) region and (b) local authority;
(2) how many people are expected to start courses under train to gain in 2010-11, broken down by (a) region and (b) local authority;
Since it was rolled out nationally in 2006 over 101,000 employers have been engaged, over 570,000 learners have started a learning programme and over 290,000 qualifications have been achieved. Recent independent evaluations of the service show that both employer and employee satisfaction with their experience of train to gain is high.
A breakdown of the number of people starting courses through train to gain in 2006-07 since the programme began in April 2006 is set out in Table 1 by region and local authority (2006-07 is the latest year we have fully audited data for). We do not have this information for 2010-11. In the demand-led skills system that the Government have created, the geographical distribution of train to gain learners is driven by employer demand. In addition the Learning and Skills Councils annual statement of priorities, which will be published soon, will set out their spending plans and targets to 2010-11. In 2010-11 we plan to invest over £1 billion of public funding through the service, to help employers invest in their businesses by investing in the skills of their employees.
|Table 1: Train to gain starts from April 2006 to July 2007 by region and local authority|
|Region / Local authority||Train to gain starts|
|East Midlands Total||22,800|
|East of England|
|Southend on Sea||800|
|East of England Total||20,900|
|Barking and Dagenham||900|
|City of London||0|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||400|
|Kensington and Chelsea||200|
|Kingston upon Thames||200|
|Richmond upon Thames||200|
|Greater London Total||26,500|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||1,500|
|Redcar and Cleveland||1,200|
|North East Total||18,600|
|Blackburn with Darwen||1,100|
|North West Total||39,700|
|Brighton and Hove||600|
|Isle of Wight||800|
|Windsor and Maidenhead||200|
|South East Total||24,200|
|Bath and North East Somerset||400|
|Isles of Scilly||0|
|South West Total||18,800|
|Telford and Wrekin||1,500|
|West Midlands Total||32,800|
|Yorkshire and the Humber|
|East Riding of Yorkshire||1,800|
|Kingston upon Hull||1,200|
|North East Lincolnshire||600|
|Yorkshire and the Humber Total||26,700|
| Notes: |
1. Figures presented here are for the 16 month period April 2006 to July 2007.
2. Region and local authority is based on learner's postcode.
3. Figures may not sum to total due to rounding.
4. '-' indicates a figure of less than 10.