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Welfare Reform on the Web (October 2007): Education - UK - training

The 'world class skills' ambition

J. Casebourne

Working Brief, issue 186, 2007, p. 3-5

A wide ranging set of reforms are under way in the employment and skills system designed to join up welfare-to-work with workforce development. It is recognised that it is not enough to move people into work; they also need to be able to progress at work by gaining new skills. Reforms include: introduction of a new universal Adult Careers Service; setting up individual Skills Accounts to channel investment into people's learning; new vocational diplomas to help young people gain the work-related skills they need; integration of the employment and skills systems; introduction of a 'flexible New Deal' that will include a Skills Health Check at the Gateway stage; and delivery of personalised support via Jobcentre Plus.

Young people not in education, employment or training (NEET): where is government policy taking us now?

S. Maguire and J. Thompson

Youth and Policy, no. 96, 2007, p. 5-17

This paper draws on research evidence to highlight the issues that face young people who are defined as NEET. It describes recent policy developments, particularly in relation to the introduction of financial incentives, which are targeted at reducing the percentage of young people who do not engage in formal learning, work or training at the end of compulsory schooling. It also highlights the importance of establishing personal and trusting relationships between young people and their advisers as an effective tool for re-engagement. It outlines the most recent policy initiative being piloted, Activity Agreements (AAs). These are designed to offer young people defined as long-term NEET financial incentives coupled with individualised learning packages to encourage re-engagement with education and training.

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