Policy director calls for School-to-Work Secretary of State at youth employment conference

At the CESI Youth Employment Convention, Policy Director Rhian Johns responded to the question: how can we achieve full youth employment in the UK? Here, Rhian calls for the creation of a time-limited position of Secretary of State for School-to-Work Transitions.

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1 Comment:

  • By Susan Steward 23 Jun 2014

    In my son’s school they have scrapped ‘work experience’ for Year 10s with no consultation and he has never had any careers guidance. In the autumn term he/we will have to visit a range of different VIth forms to look at provision (though everyone expects him to stay where he is as he is academic and will get the 40+ points needed for A level). The school provides nothing other than A levels and as far as I can tell no help for young people who might not want to go to university – the only game here is university admission with Oxbridge/Russell group preferred.
    He doesn’t do anything practical – he was dissuaded from doing Design and Tec even though he would have learnt something there as he doesn’t find this sort of thing easy (but of course he’s doing History cos he’s clever!)
    He is bored in lessons – nothing is made relevant to the outside world and much of it is just drilling for GCSEs, he is getting worried about ‘what next’ but there is nowhere to go to ask so it’s a good thing that we, his parents are well-connected and know people in a range of occupations. BUT what about the others??
    This is an academy (school) with an ‘Excellent’ OFSTED but outside local authority control (not that there is anything here either though) so we are supposed to be grateful our son is in such a ‘good school’ where he will achieve good GCSEs….
    There is a lot of rhetoric about ‘work’ but nothing in reality – it’s hopeless!

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