House of Lords written question – answered on 18th October 2012.

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Photo of Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Warsi on 24 September (WS 126-7), how many Helmandis to whom United Kingdom aid has delivered technical and vocational education training are currently in permanent employment or have their own business; over what time period the training took place; and what constituted the education training.

Photo of Baroness Northover Baroness Northover Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Department for International Development)

Between March 2011 and September 2012 UK aid has supported 11,291 graduates of vocational and technical skills training in Helmand, of which 17% are female. Sample surveys show 88% of graduates in sustainable employment or self-employment six months after training. Courses cover a range of market-driven skills such as tailoring, carpentry, engine repair, metalwork, IT and English.

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