In response to new statistics published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills,
Release Date: 11 Oct 2012
Barnardo’s assistant director of policy Jonathan Rallings said,
The rise in apprenticeship figures appears encouraging but it is completely unacceptable that only 55% go to young people under the age of 25.
Quality opportunities to work and to learn should be available to all young people but especially the most disadvantaged who do not qualify for apprenticeships and who need help to enter the toughest labour market since the 1980’s.
Partnerships like the one between Barnardo’s and KFC, which offer work placements to the UK's most vulnerable, need to be encouraged by the government to become widespread, so that as many young people as possible have the opportunity to climb the social mobility ladder.
Notes to Editors
- Today’s statistics include information from the Labour Force Survey on the level of highest qualification held in England, and information on vocational qualifications awarded in the United Kingdom.
- Qualifications required for apprenticeships vary but as a minumum, individual’s tend to be required to posess a level two qualification – equivalent to an A-C grade GCSE.
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