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Levelling the playing field

Author : Jessica Cundy, with economic analysis by Ritu Patwari (November 2011)

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This short report highlights Barnardo's work to support vulnerable 16 and 17-year-olds into education, employment and training. The report makes four key recommendations about making social mobility a reality for these young people.

In this report Barnardo's highlights the barriers faced by some 16 and 17-year olds to progressing through post-16 education, training and employment. It outlines the cost-effective solutions that can break intergenerational cycles of worklessness and help young people build their own futures. In this report Barnardo's recommends that: The UK Government makes rhetoric a reality by prioritizing the social mobility of the most disadvantaged 16 and 17-year-olds; The UK Government introduces a range of flexible pathways through post-16 education, employment and training; The private sector supports cost-effective partnerships between employers and the voluntary sector, to engage those young people who are furthest from the labour market; Local authorities in England use the Early Intervention Grant to support disengaged 16 and 17-year-olds into employment and training.



Associated subjects and types

Policy and research documents, Vocational training


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