Industrial Training Act 1964



Industrial Training Act 1964

1964 CHAPTER 16

An Act to make further provision for industrial and commercial training; to raise the limit on contributions out of the National Insurance Fund towards the expenses of the Minister of Labour in providing training courses; and for purposes connected with those matters.

[12th March 1964]

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

S-1 Establishment of industrial training boards.

1 Establishment of industrial training boards.

(1) For the purpose of making better provision for the training of persons over compulsory school age (in Scotland school age) for employment in any activities of industry or commerce the Minister may make an order specifying those activities and establishing a board to exercise in relation to them the functions conferred on industrial training boards by the following provisions of this Act.

(2) In this Act—

‘industrial training board’ means a board established under this section;

‘industrial training order’ means an order under this section;

‘the industry’, in relation to an industrial training board, means the activities in relation to which it exercises functions; and

‘the Minister’ means the Minister of Labour.

(3) The provisions of the Schedule to this Act shall have effect with respect to industrial training boards.

(4) Before making an industrial training order the Minister shall consult any organisation or association of organisations appearing to him to be representative of substantial numbers of employers engaging in the activities concerned and any organisation or association of organisations appearing to him to be representative of substantial numbers of persons employed in those activities; and if those activities are carried on to a substantial extent by a body established for the purpose of carrying on under national ownership any industry or part of an industry or undertaking, shall also consult that body.

(5) An industrial training order may provide for any incidental or supplementary matter for which it appears to the Minister to be necessary or expedient to provide.

(6) The power to make an industrial training order shall be exercisable by statutory instrument, which shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

S-2 Functions of industrial training board.

2 Functions of industrial training board.

(1) An industrial training board—

(a ) shall provide or secure the provision of such courses and other facilities (which may include residential accommodation) for the training of persons employed or intending to be employed in the industry as may be required, having regard to any courses or facilities otherwise available to such persons;

(b ) may approve such courses and facilities provided by other persons;

(c ) shall from time to time consider such employments in the industry as appear to require consideration and publish recommendations with regard to the nature and length of the training for any such employment and the further education to be associated with the training, the persons by and to whom the training ought to be given, the standards to be attained as a result of the training and the methods of ascertaining whether those standards have been attained;

(d ) may apply or make arrangements for the application of selection tests and of tests or other methods for ascertaining the attainment of any standards recommended by the board and may award certificates of the attainment of those standards;

(e ) may assist persons in finding facilities for being trained for employment in the industry;

(f ) may take part in any arrangements made by the Minister under section 2(2) of the Employment and Training Act 1948 with respect to the industry or in similar arrangements made by a local education authority (or, in Scotland, an education authority) under section 10 of that Act;

(g ) may carry on or assist other persons in carrying on research into any matter relating to training for employment in the industry.

(2) An industrial training board may enter into contracts of service or apprenticeship with persons who intend to be employed in the industry and to attend courses or avail themselves of other facilities provided or approved by the board.

(3) An industrial training board may, at the request of another industrial training board, provide courses and other facilities for the training of persons employed or intending to be employed in the industry for which that other board is established.

(4) An industrial training board may—

(a ) pay maintenance and travelling allowances to persons attending courses provided or approved by the board;

(b ) make grants or loans to persons providing courses or other facilities approved by the board;

(c ) pay fees to persons providing further education in respect of persons who receive it in association with their training in courses provided or approved by the board.

(5) An industrial training board shall exercise its functions under this section in accordance with proposals submitted to the Minister and approved by him under section 7 of this Act.

(6) An industrial training board shall give to the Minister such information or facilities for obtaining information with regard to the exercise of its functions, in such manner and at such times as he may reasonably require.

S-3 Establishment of committees.

3 Establishment of committees.

(1) An industrial training board may, in accordance with proposals submitted to and approved by the Minister under section 7 of this Act,—

(a ) appoint committees (which need not include members of the board);

(b ) join with one or more other industrial training boards in appointing joint committees consisting of such persons (whether or not members of an industrial training board) as may be determined by the boards;

and delegate to any such committee, to such extent as may be stated in the proposals, all or any of the functions conferred on the board by section 2 of this Act.

(2) An industrial training board may pay or, as the case may be, join in paying, to the members of such a committee such travelling, subsistence and other allowances as the board or boards may determine, and to the chairman such remuneration as the board or boards may with the approval of the Minister and the Treasury determine.

(3) Subject to any directions of the board or boards which appointed it, a committee appointed under this section may regulate its own procedure and fix a quorum for its proceedings.

S-4 Levies.

4 Levies.

(1) For the purpose of raising money towards meeting its expenses an industrial training board shall from time to time impose, in accordance with an order made by the Minister (in this section referred to as a levy order), a levy on employers in the industry, other than such (if any) as may be exempted by the levy order or the industrial training order.

(2) A levy order shall give effect to proposals submitted to and approved by the Minister under section 7 of this Act, and such proposals may provide for the amendment of a previous levy order and may make different provision in relation to different classes or descriptions of employer.

(3) A levy order may contain provisions as to the evidence by which a person's liability to the levy or his discharge of that liability may be established and as to the time at which any amount payable by any person by way of the levy shall become due and recoverable by the industrial training board, and shall give any person assessed to the levy a right of appeal to an appeal tribunal constituted under this Act.

(4) The power to make a levy order shall be exercisable by statutory instrument, which shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

S-5 Grants and loans, etc.

5 Grants and loans, etc.

(1) The Minister may with the approval of the Treasury make grants and loans to an industrial training board out of moneys provided by Parliament.

(2) An industrial training board may, with the consent of the Minister or in accordance with the terms of any authority given by him, borrow temporarily from any other person by way of overdraft or otherwise such sums as it may require.

(3) The aggregate of the grants and loans made under subsection (1) of this section shall not exceed 50 million or such greater amount as the Minister may from time to time by order made by statutory instrument determine; but no such order shall be made unless a draft thereof has been laid before and approved by each House of Parliament.

(4) An industrial training board may give security for any money borrowed by it, and any such security given to the Minister shall be expressed to be in favour of the Minister of Labour for the time being and shall take effect accordingly.

(5) An industrial training board shall nat invest any money otherwise than in such manner as the Minister may approve.

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