On GCSE Results Day, 21 August 2014, results are bound to leave some young people unsure about what to do next. With the school leaving age rising to 18, this is the first year that 16-year-olds will have to stay in full time education or training and Nacro is highlighting the need for information and guidance about the alternative options available.
Nacro’s education centres around the country provide vocational courses that equip young people with the skills and qualifications required to find a job that suits them.
Just over 13% of 16-18 year olds in England are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) – but keeping young people in education will only result in better qualified, “job-ready” young people if they find a learning environment that meets their needs as well as the demands of local employers.
Josh Coleman, Education Principal at Nacro, said:
“We want to get a strong message out to young people that raising the participation age doesn’t just mean staying at school until they are 18. There are other alternatives available for those young people who feel let down and believe that school didn’t work for them.”
“Young people who make the wrong education choices at 16 could end up effectively being warehoused for the next two years and then branded as truants because they have dropped out.”
Plugged into the local network
Nacro centres have forged excellent links with local employers, councils and services and would be able to connect you to a local employer who has worked with a younger learner from our centres.