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NOCN’s MD joins Learning and Work Institute’s new Youth Commission

Learning and Work Institute’s Youth Commission has released a report this week highlighting an employment prospect opportunity divide amongst young people.

The report has been released for the launch of the new Youth Commission, which will be looking at why so many young people aren’t in education, employment or training (in spite of the legal requirement for them to be so) and what can be done to fix it.

The report has highlighted the following statistics, based on polling sample of 5000 adults in the UK, which demonstrations the extent of the problem:

  • 700,000 16-24 year olds are not in education, employment or training
  • 45% of 16-34 year olds say that work placements should be a priority, but older people are twice as likely than young people to call for a focus on English and Maths and an expansion of apprenticeships
  • 36% of people in higher socioeconomic groups said reducing university fees should be a priority, only 25% of those in lower socioeconomic groups supported it, preferring instead more opportunities to learn through life

NOCN’s Group Managing Director, Graham Hasting-Evans, is on the Advisory Group of the Commission, and will be using his vast experience within the education sector to contribute to recommendations due to be released in Spring/Summer 2019 for improving education and employment prospects for young people. As part of this research report, Graham will be evaluating how government reforms, specifically apprenticeships and T-levels, will impact the jobs market.