Up to 50,000 young adults in ‘dead-end’ college courses

Nov 19, 2013 by

Thinktank claims many teenagers on such courses would be better off in apprenticeships or stronger forms of training

Tens of thousands of young adults are in “dead-end” courses that fail to lead to employment, while half a million more with low-level qualifications are not in work, a report by the IPPR thinktank claims on Tuesday.

As many as 50,000 people aged 16 to 18 would be better off in apprenticeships or stronger forms of training, the thinktank argues. Instead, they are likely to remain out of education, employment or training by the age of 19.

“Young people who don’t do well enough at school often end up taking colleges courses that don’t prepare them for work or further study,” said Kayte Lawton of the IPPR.

“We need to see big changes to the way that post-16 education works and we need employers to step up and offer more work experience to young people to help them learn the skills they need.”

But Michele Sutton, president of the Association of Colleges, said further education colleges were able to help the majority of the students who arrived without the lowest levels of qualifications.

“It’s not true to describe such courses as ‘dead end’ because they are often important stepping stones. Some of these young people also need more time to complete their qualifications, often beyond the age of 19, and they should be supported to do so,” Sutton said.

The IPPR’s findings support a government-commissioned review into vocational education. The author, Professor Alison Wolf, said many courses offered “a diet of low-level vocational qualifications, most of which have little to no labour market value”.

via Up to 50,000 young adults in ‘dead-end’ college courses, says IPPR | Education | theguardian.com.

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