• Clegg Offers Vocational Support To Young People


Clegg Offers Vocational Support To Young People

According to reports, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) says the Government is right to offer support to 16-year-old's to obtain vocational qualifications instead of entering further education.

HR Magazine explains that Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg has outlined plans for a vocational qualification website, based on the UCAS model, as well as improved career advice services in schools.

Neil Carberry, CBI director for employment and skills policy is quoted as saying: “The CBI has long called for a UCAS-style system for vocational qualifications. This is a major step forward in making vocational routes more visible and will help put it on a level footing with more traditional academic routes.”

This follows news that the number of young people who are not in employment education or training is down by 38,000 from the last quarter, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Lizzie Crowley, head of youth unemployment programmes at The Work Foundation, is understood to see this as reflective of the improving economic climate.

She reportedly said: “Many young people have been ‘sheltering’ from poor economic conditions in further education, in some cases in course with very little labour market value. Significant numbers are also underemployed, in part-time work when they would prefer a full time job.”

Apprenticeships have long been a recommended route for young people seeking employment in their preferred field, learning the necessary skills whilst “on the job”.

Plans for vocational support, as outlined by Clegg, have been widely backed since being announced two days ago. He described the proposal as a “Safety net for 16-year-olds who don’t go to university. They represent 60% of their age group, with 40% opting instead for further education.

The Independent reported: Clegg will pledge to “end the snobbery surrounding vocational education” that limits the prospects of those who do not go to university, and promise them “an equal shot” by helping them to make the right choice after taking their GCSEs.

It is hoped that sixteen-year-olds will be able to use a “one stop shop” website to help them plan their next move.

Other measures from the review outline plans for Jobcentres to open their doors to 16 to 17 year-olds for the first time for advice on finding work, as well as a duty imposed on schools to develop close links with local employers.

Winn Solicitors actively promotes vocational development by encouraging distance learning programmes and training:

Late last year, a Winns employee became the first to sign up for the UK’s new ground breaking Paralegal Foundation Degree at Newcastle College. Another member of the team, Rachel Allen, recently qualified as a Cost Lawyer after joining the firm as a legal secretary.

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[Image from The Independent]