Vocational Education

Innovation, Universities and Skills written question – answered on 15th October 2008.

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Photo of Anne Snelgrove Anne Snelgrove PPS (Rt Hon Ruth Kelly, Secretary of State), Department for Transport

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;

Photo of Siôn Simon Siôn Simon Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills

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
Derby 1,100
Derbyshire 4,100
Leicester 2,700
Leicestershire 3,100
Lincolnshire 3,100
Northamptonshire 3,400
Nottingham 1,700
Nottinghamshire 3,500
100
East Midlands Total 22,800
East of England
Bedfordshire 1,300
Cambridgeshire 2,700
Essex 5,500
Hertfordshire 3,400
Luton 900
Norfolk 2,700
Peterborough 1,000
Southend on Sea 800
Suffolk 1,900
Thurrock 700
East of England Total 20,900
Greater London
Barking and Dagenham 900
Barnet 900
Bexley 900
Brent 1,400
Bromley 700
Camden 300
City of London 0
Croydon 1,200
Ealing 1,200
Enfield 800
Greenwich 1,300
Hackney 1,000
Hammersmith and Fulham 400
Haringey 900
Harrow 600
Havering 900
Hillingdon 900
Hounslow 900
Islington 500
Kensington and Chelsea 200
Kingston upon Thames 200
Lambeth 900
Lewisham 1,300
Merton 500
Newham 1,700
Redbridge 900
Richmond upon Thames 200
Southwark 1,200
Sutton 500
Tower Hamlets 800
Waltham Forest 1,200
Wandsworth 600
Westminster 400
Greater London Total 26,500
North East
Darlington 600
Durham 4,300
Gateshead 1,500
Hartlepool 600
Middlesbrough 1,100
Newcastle upon Tyne 1,500
North Tyneside 1,300
Northumberland 1,800
Redcar and Cleveland 1,200
South Tyneside 1,300
Stockton-on-Tees 1,200
Sunderland 2,200
North East Total 18,600
North West
Blackburn with Darwen 1,100
Blackpool 1,200
Bolton 1,500
Bury 1,000
Cheshire 2,500
Cumbria 2,500
Halton 700
Knowsley 900
Lancashire 7,200
Liverpool 2,400
Manchester 3,200
Oldham 1,800
Rochdale 1,500
Salford 1,700
Sefton 1,200
St Helens 1,000
Stockport 1,200
Tameside 1,400
Trafford 800
Warrington 900
Wigan 2,200
Wirral 1,700
North West Total 39,700
South East
Bracknell Forest 300
Brighton and Hove 600
Buckinghamshire 900
East Sussex 1,400
Hampshire 3,200
Isle of Wight 800
Kent 6,000
Medway 1,500
Milton Keynes 700
Oxfordshire 1,600
Portsmouth 600
Reading 600
Slough 500
Southampton 800
Surrey 1,700
West Berkshire 600
West Sussex 1,900
Windsor and Maidenhead 200
Wokingham 300
South East Total 24,200
South West
Bath and North East Somerset 400
Bournemouth 700
Bristol 1,200
Cornwall 2,100
Devon 3,100
Dorset 1,100
Gloucestershire 1,700
Isles of Scilly 0
North Somerset 500
Plymouth 1,300
Poole 400
Somerset 2,000
South Gloucestershire 600
Swindon 1,000
Torbay 800
Wiltshire 2,000
South West Total 18,800
West Midlands
Birmingham 6,000
Coventry 1,700
Dudley 2,000
Herefordshire 900
Sandwell 2,800
Shropshire 1,600
Solihull 900
Staffordshire 4,400
Stoke-on-Trent 2,000
Telford and Wrekin 1,500
Walsall 2,000
Warwickshire 2,100
Wolverhampton 2,300
Worcestershire 2,600
West Midlands Total 32,800
Yorkshire and the Humber
Barnsley 1,700
Bradford 2,100
Calderdale 1,000
Doncaster 2,600
East Riding of Yorkshire 1,800
Kingston upon Hull 1,200
Kirklees 1,900
Leeds 3,200
North East Lincolnshire 600
North Lincolnshire 1,200
North Yorkshire 1,800
Rotherham 1,900
Sheffield 2,800
Wakefield 2,600
York 300
Yorkshire and the Humber Total 26,700
Not defined 7,900
Grand total 238,700
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.

Source:

WBL ILR and ETP database

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