Young people need improved careers advice, says CEO Chris Jones

CEO calls for better careers advice and quality training on back of NEET statistics

21 May 2015 / Be the first to comment

The Department for Education has released its latest statistics about the number of young people in the UK who are not in work, education or training (NEET).

While the overall number has gone down, there was an increase in the 16 to 18 year old category.

In response, Chris Jones, Chief Executive of the City & Guilds Group, is calling for better careers advice and quality training.

He said:

‘It’s great that more young people are in education, training, or work, but it’s a tiny victory. We have a long way to go to make sure that no one is slipping through the cracks, especially given the slight rise in the neet rate amongst 16 to 18 year olds.

'One of the best ways to do that is by improving careers advice so that young people are fully aware of their options. That includes using labour market information and the latest data on skills gaps to shape the careers advice on offer. That way, young people can get up to date advice on the industries and jobs that are in demand.

‘The Government’s ambitious goal of three million apprenticeships sends a clear message about the importance of vocational training and is helping to overcome the misguided view that apprenticeships are a choice for those who aren’t ‘clever’ enough for university.

'But a quality teaching and learning experience must underpin each and every one of those three million apprenticeships. That’s the only way they are going to make a lasting difference.’

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