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(1)It shall be the duty of the Secretary of State to secure the provision of relevant services for assisting persons undergoing relevant education to decide—
(a)what employments, having regard to their capabilities, will be suitable for and available to them when they cease undergoing such education, and
(b)what training or education is or will be required by and available to them in order to fit them for those employments,
and for assisting persons ceasing to undergo relevant education to obtain such employments, training and education.
(2)In subsection (1) of this section and section 9 of this Act “relevant services” means—
(a)giving of assistance by collecting, or disseminating or otherwise providing, information about persons seeking, obtaining or offering employment, training and education,
(b)offering advice and guidance, and
(c)other services calculated to facilitate the provision of any services specified in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subsection.
(3)In this section and section 9 of this Act “relevant education” means—
(a)education involving full-time attendance at any educational institution in Great Britain, other than an educational institution within the higher education sector, and
(b)education involving part-time attendance at any educational institution in Great Britain, other than an educational institution within the higher education sector, which is education of a description commonly undergone by persons in order to fit them for employment.
(4)The references in subsection (3) of this section to an educational institution within the higher education sector shall be construed—
(a)as respects England and Wales, in accordance with section 91(5) of the M1Further and Higher Education Act 1992 or, if this section is in force at any time before section 65 of that Act comes into force, in accordance with section 61(3)(a) of that Act until that section comes into force, and
(b)as respects Scotland, in accordance with section 56(2) of the M2Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992.]
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