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

Lost in transition: our duty to help young people to build their futures

A.M. Carrie

Working Brief, Autumn 2011, p. 32-33

Almost one in ten young people aged 16 to 18 in England are not in employment, education or training and are in danger of drifting into long term worklessness. Based on the experience of Barnardo's, the author argues that society should not give up on such youngsters. Contrary of media stereotypes, young people are motivated to work and learn skills that could lead to a job. They benefit from work-based learning, and there is a need for supportive employers to offer them opportunities.

Off the map? The geography of NEETs

N. Lee and J. Wright

The Work Foundation, 2011

Launched as part of a research partnership with the Private Equity Foundation, the report examines NEET rates for 16 - 24 year olds across Great Britain. It identifies a group of blackspots for the problem and argues that without effective, targeted action from government and business, a generation of young people in these cities will face a bleak future in the labour market.

URL: http://www.theworkfoundation.com/Assets/Docs/Off%20the%20map%20-%20PEF%20snapshot%20FINAL.PDF

Training scheme sees 900% rise in apprenticeships for over-60s

A. Stratton

The Guardian, Nov. 14th 2011, p. 8

The government's 1.4bn skills training scheme, intended to ameliorate youth unemployment, saw a near 900% increase in the number of apprenticeships begun by those aged 60 and over. The news came ahead of figures which were expected to show the numbers of young people out of work hitting one million. Analysis of data published at the end of October 2011 showed that over the previous year there had been an increase of 18% for apprenticeships begun by 18-year-olds and a 22% rise in those begun by people aged 19-24.

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