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Article from FE News…….
It is not just the BIS Select Committee keeping a close eye on apprenticeships.
The Public Accounts Committee last week held an evidence session on adult apprenticeships after the National Audit Office’s report last month. The witnesses were Martin Donnelly, permanent secretary of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Geoff Russell, chief executive of the Skills Funding Agency, and Simon Waugh, chief executive of the National Apprenticeship Service.
Key issues were discussed, such as rebadging existing training and short apprenticeships.
Meanwhile, Mr Waugh said some of the biggest skills in the country are with people in the existing workforce.
He said: “It isn’t just 16-18s, what about the 35-year-old who has been let down by the system over last 15-20 years of their life? They came out school with very low basic skills.
They are condemned to life of low skill and low paid work.
“And going into the workforce, which we have, is fixing that problem which is inherent in our existing system.”
Mr Donnelly also confirmed interim chief executives will initially replace Mr Russell, when he leaves in the summer, and Mr Waugh, when he leaves at the end of this month, while they “work towards developing the Executive Agency model designed to keep all the best parts of the system.”
£126m scheme seeks to encourage employers to take on young people not in education, employment or training
Article from the Guardian……
Nick Clegg will vow to deal with the “ticking time bomb” of teenagers who are not in work, school or training.
The deputy prime minister is due to announce on Tuesday a £126m scheme to get 16- and 17-year-olds back into employment or education.
The initiative, which is part of the government’s youth contract scheme, announced last November in a bid to tackle youth unemployment, charities and businesses will be invited to bid for contracts worth up to £2,200 to take young people on.
They will receive an initial payment up front, and more money when the youngsters show progress.
At least 55,000 “neets” – those not in education, employment or training and who have no GCSEs at grades C or above – are expected to benefit.
Clegg said: “Sitting at home with nothing to do when you’re so young can knock the stuffing out of you for years. It is a tragedy for the young people involved – a ticking time bomb for the economy and our society as a whole.
“This problem isn’t new, but in the current economic climate we urgently need to step up efforts to ensure some of our most troubled teenagers have the skills, confidence and opportunities to succeed.”
This group of teenagers has been singled out because evidence suggests that unemployment early on can have a permanent effect on earning potential.
By 42, someone who has been frequently unemployed as a teenager is likely to earn up to 15% less than their peers, the Department for Education said.
The announcement comes less than a week after the latest unemployment figures showed that the numbers of 16- to 24-year-olds not in work increased by 22,000 to 1.04 million in the three months to December.
Figures for the third quarter of last year, showed that more than a million 16- to 24-year-olds (1,163,000 – almost one in five) were considered neets.
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In a letter to 100 of London’s top financial and creative companies, Mayor of London Boris Johnson has urged the need for a further 20,000 apprenticeships to be provided. With university places proving difficult for school leavers to gain, the market for apprenticeships is clearly competitive.
Craig Abrahart, who is an operating director at notgoingtouni.co.uk, stated further.
“The key to actually securing a place is to get young people’s minds into thinking about applying in October the previous year to get their name out and get their CV to a company.”
The fresh drive aimed at companies like Morgan Stanley, Price Waterhouse Cooper, Google and Bsky B, outlines the need for companies to ensure a smoother economic recovery. Boris went on to say…
“It has never been more important to invest in skilling London’s workforce for the future to drive our economy forward and ensure London remains competitive on the global stage.”
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