TES is reporting that thousands of teenagers are missing out on education or training – despite a government guarantee.
Since the summer of 2014, the so-called September Guarantee requires local authorities to find an education or training place for all 16- and 17-year-olds.
Figures published by the Department for Education show that in 2018 across England, 94.5 per cent of young people were offered an education or training place.
That means that for remaining 5.5 per cent – equating to more than 60,000 young people – either no offer was made, the offer was deemed “not appropriate” or it was not recorded.
According to the figures, the worst-performing area in the country was Swindon, where 31 per cent of young people did not receive an education or training place, according to the DfE statistics. However, this could be because the status of 1,326 young people has yet to be recorded by the local authority.
Mark Dawe, chief executive of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers, warned things could get worse as the Education and Skills Funding Agency said it could not guarantee to fund all 16- to 18-year-olds who wanted to take an apprenticeship.
He added: “For the first time in living memory, ESFA say that they can’t guarantee funding of new starts for 16- to 18-year-olds, which is diabolical, especially for key sectors where it is now difficult to recruit EU migrants. I still can’t believe that this is really happening. This is a matter which should be covered in the Public Accounts Committee session later this month.”
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