Too many disadvantaged young people are failing to transition from school to work. Their life after school is paved with uncertainty, complex choices and poor outcomes.
From time spent researching their needs and barriers to progression, as well as working with our impact-driven charity partners and co-funding one of the world’s first successful Social Impact Bonds (SIB), we’ve found that many of this group are failing to achieve Level 2 qualifications in English and maths by 19. This means the majority are not progressing towards a Level 3 qualification, or beyond – to university, an apprenticeship, or a job.
In short, post-16 education and training is not supporting disadvantaged young people to catch-up and attain these key qualifications and therefore gain the skills they need to progress into sustained education or employment..
The particularly poor outcomes experienced by 16-19 year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds combined with recent policy changes affecting the provision they receive, has moved us to focus our attention on this group and their life after school during 2016-7.
Below are the pieces we’ve published about this critical issue so far, including:
The Life after school campaign launch press release is here.
Read CEO Andy Ratcliffe’s blog: A second chance shouldn’t mean second best
Please keep your eye on this page – it will be growing as we progress our research…
To view the social media coverage of the launch, take a look at our Storify