Vocational education, apprenticeships and the role of job guarantees in tackling youth unemployment

You can see the full challenge paper here – vocational education, and the summary of the NPF discussions at Aston is here – vocational education.

Conference in September will debate the issue and confirm final policy.

 

Prior to the Aston meeting of the NPF, the Education and Children Commission had put out a first draft and then a revised “challenge document” – a short document outlining the main issues for this priority issue set by Annual Conference.

The main challenges Labour has to deal with were identified as:

  • expanded higher education has worked well for 50% of young people, but now we need to focus on the 50% who do not go to university, including raising the status of vocational education
  • youth unemployment is rising, and there are skills shortages
  • the Coalition Work programme is not getting people into work in the way that Labour’s Future Jobs Fund did
  • Should we offer a job guarantee to young people who are unemployed?
  • should we prioritise high quality work experience for young unemployed people, with proper training?

After the final NPF meeting at Aston in June 2013, the conclusions agreed were:

  • Labour should talk about a gold standard vocational education system
  • young people need better careers advice
  • we should offer high quality work experience AND a job guarantee to young unemployed people

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