Young People Now, Oct.4th-10th 2006, p.14-15
Describes a ground-breaking scheme introduced by Connexions Black Country to employ unqualified young people as trainees. They can earn a salary while gaining the qualifications and skills they need to become personal advisers or enter youth work.
A. Hodgson and K. Spours
Journal of Education and Work, vol.19, 2006, p.325-342
The current government approach to the organisation of the 14-19 phase of education could be characterised as “weakly collaborative“. Dominant policy drives towards autonomy and competition for learners, reinforced by policy levers such as performance tables, targets, funding and institutional inspection. At the same time there are aspects of policy which stress choice of provision and progression which require some level of planning and institutional collaboration. However, the policy levers supporting collaboration are relatively weak. This article calls for the creation of a more coherent and inclusive 14-19 education system served by stronger collaboration between a range of providers in a local area.