The coalition is investing a record sum in the kind of educational opportunities that 16 to 18 year-olds need
Polly Toynbee writes of the “shocking news … that the number of 16-year-olds staying on in education has fallen for the first time in years”. It is hardly shocking when you consider that the fall in numbers in education and work-based learning is purely attributable to the fall in population. The proportion of 16-year-olds participating in education and work-based learning remained stable, at 95.5%, though it’s true fewer are now full-time. And the proportion of 16- to 18-year-olds participating in education and work-based learning actually rose by 1.4 percentage points.
She goes on to criticise the abolition of the Education Maintenance Allowance. However, whereas nearly 50% of young people were receiving EMA, research carried out by the last government showed that only 10% of those receiving EMA relied on it to participate. Our 16-to-19 bursary fund is big enough to pay the equivalent of EMA to more than 15% of young people.
Toynbee is also wrong to suggest that there is no plan to increase participation. Not only are local authorities duty-bound to support participation but this government is spending a record £7.5bn on education and training places for 16- to 18-year-olds. Through the Youth Contract we are spending £126m over the next three years supporting 55,000 vulnerable 16- to 17-year-olds back into education or training.
It is also hard to agree when she says that “there is no problem with the top 50% of students who get five good GCSEs plus English and maths”. Evidence from the education select committee last month revealed a cross-party consensus that standards of assessment have fallen, and that this is one reason why we lag behind top-performing countries. How is it possible to look at our steep falls in rankings by the Programme for International Student Assessment with steep rises in GCSE attainment without asking questions about the rigour of our qualifications?…
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A meaningful work experience placement while still at school is crucial to a successful apprenticeship, says Ofsted. The education watchdog wants schools to organise better placements and the government to develop stronger careers guidance for over-16s in England. In a report, it says official figures suggest around a quarter of the people who begin apprenticeships …Continue reading »
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Skilled labour shortages are expected in Canada. Apprenticeship is seen by many as one of the best ways to provide for a supply of skills matching industry needs. The German model is praised around the world, exported and copied elsewhere. What about the system in Canada? Statistics Canada has published a study by Christine Laporte … Continue reading »
Apprenticeships face ‘identity crisis’, according to Forum of Private Business writes HR Magazine The Forum of Private Business yesterday warned a group of MPs that apprenticeships are facing an ‘identity crisis’, with business owners in certain sectors concerned that shorter schemes do not provide the same value as longer courses. The Forum’s senior policy adviser Alex … Continue reading »
Career and technical education has come a long way since the days when students could be steered from academics into hairstyling, auto repairs or carpentry. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy to sell the concept of having all students take courses in CTE, as it is known. Take what happened this March in La Jolla, … Continue reading »
Many American adolescents don’t want to go to college. They reject as boring and aggravating the Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and other college-level courses offered to them in high school. Yet, they need reading, writing, math and time-management skills for good jobs or trade school slots when they graduate. How can they be persuaded to … Continue reading »
HR magazine’s first HR Lunchtime Debate, brought to you in Réapprentissage conjunction with Commsight (an Opinion Matters service), is an online TV show that brings together experts to discuss the whys and wherefores of setting up an apprenticeship scheme. During the live debate you will hear from Jason Holt, CEO of the Holts Group, who led the … Continue reading »
By comparison to other European countries, youth unemployment in UK is just below average at around 22%, but it is rising and has been rising since 2005. This suggests structural causes beyond the current economic situation: The labour market has been changing in ways that impact negatively on young people Recruitment practices make it increasingly … Continue reading »
More of England’s teenagers are leaving education without a job, government statistics show. Annual figures show that last year 8.1% of 16 to 18-year-olds were not in education, employment or training (Neet). That is up from 7.5% in 2010. There was also a slight fall in in the proportion of teenagers in full-time education, which … Continue reading »