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The Employment and Training (Amendment)(Northern Ireland) Order 1988

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Amendment of Social Security (Northern Ireland) Act 1975 with respect to the refusal of training

5.—(1) Section 20 of the Social Security (Northern Ireland) Act 1975(1) (disqualification of certain persons for receiving unemployment benefit) shall be amended as follows.

(2) In subsection (1), for paragraph (e) there shall be substituted the following paragraphs—

(e)he has lost his place on an approved training scheme through his misconduct, or has voluntarily left such a place without good cause;

(f)after a place on an approved training scheme has been properly notified to him as vacant or about to become vacant, he has without good cause refused or failed to apply for that place or refused to accept that place when offered to him; or

(g)he has neglected to avail himself of a reasonable opportunity of a place on an approved training scheme.

(3) In subsection (5)—

(a)in paragraph (a), after “subsection (1)(b)” there shall be inserted “and (f)”; and

(b)after paragraph (b) there shall be inserted the following paragraph—

(ba)`approved training scheme', in subsection (1)(e), (f) and (g), means a scheme under which persons—

(i)are trained for employment; or

(ii)acquire work-experience for the purpose of becoming or keeping fit for entry to or return to regular employment,

and which is approved by the Department of Economic Development for the purposes of this section..

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