CBI welcomes skills opportunities for NEETS

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Written by Seun Robert-Edomi on 27 February 2014 in News
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Sixteen-year-olds will be able to use a "one stop shop" website to help them plan their next move

The CBI has welcomed a speech from the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, which proposed a UCAS-style system for young people who don't want to go to university and other measures that will boost opportunities for school leavers.

The move by the Government follows criticism that the current system gives much more help to the 40 per cent who go to university than to the 60 per cent who do not.

Sixteen-year-olds will be able to use a "one stop shop" website to help them plan their next move. Run by local authorities, it will be modelled on the UCAS system for applying to university but will instead provide details of college courses, apprenticeships, traineeships, work experience and job opportunities.

Neil Carberry, CBI director for employment and skills policy, said: "The CBI has long called for a UCAS-style system for vocational qualifications. This is a major step forward in making vocational routes more visible and will help put it on a level footing with more traditional academic routes.

"Supporting 16 and 17 year olds through Jobcentre Plus to break into the world of work is overdue. With too many young people still unemployed Jobcentres will need to hit the ground running and tailor help to meet the needs of the local economy. 

"The Government is right to focus on improving careers advice as it remains on life support. Schools cannot do it alone and employers have a key role to play in inspiring young people and preparing them for the workplace."

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