AELP: Funding cuts could affect young people looking to acquire skills

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Written by Seun Robert-Edomi on 13 December 2013 in News
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Training providers with strong employer links are offering fresh hope to disaffected young people

The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has expressed real concern over  a significant reduction in the funding rate for 18-year-olds on full-time 16- to 18 programmes funded by the Education Funding Agency, such as study programmes and the new traineeships.

AELP believes that the 17.5 per cent cut for full time programmes in 2014-15 will lead to a reduction in the number of young people participating in longer courses which often provide a better opportunity of securing sustainable employment.  

The government has suggested that at 18 these young people will not need a full time programme but some of these young people need more time to gain entry to the job market with the right skills and attitudes, AELP added. 

The government has given assurances that the funding for young people with learning difficulties and those needing support for English and maths will be preserved.  

Training providers with strong employer links are offering fresh hope to disaffected young people who have dropped out of traditional classroom learning and are seeking an alternative work based learning route to a brighter future. 

AELP chief executive Stewart Segal said: "In the context of tackling the NEET issue, the funding announcement for 18-year-olds is of great concern and AELP will be making representations to the government about it.  

"Providers are rolling out high quality programmes which include real work experience opportunities and remedial teaching of English and maths, and yet this cut could be a barrier to develop programmes that have the potential to turn around the lives of thousands of young people."

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