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Welfare Reform on the Web (September 2011): Education - UK - training

Participation by 16-19 year olds in education and training

Education Committee

London: TSO, 2011 (House of Commons papers, session 2010/12; HC850)

More and more 16 and 17 year olds are taking part in some form of education or training beyond compulsory school age. That upward trend is welcome; but it will need to continue if we are to have a thriving, competitive economy founded on a highly skilled workforce. There are still large numbers of young people left behind, disengaged from learning and with poor prospects for employment. The Government’s response is to proceed with raising the age of compulsory participation, and this Report looks at what that means for young people, schools, colleges and employers. It covers impact of the abolition of the Educational Maintenance Allowance on disadvantaged young people, the future of apprenticeships, and the need for career guidance services.

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