One of Manchester’s largest training organisations has said that many young people not suited to academic study do not know enough about the alternatives.
Jayne Worthington, the managing director of The Skills Company, part of the not-for-profit Manchester Growth Company said that many young people who have dropped out of sixth form or college courses do not know about the vocational alternatives.
“Report after report has concluded that careers information in schools doesn’t provide the information that young people need to make informed choices, particularly where Apprenticeships and vocational training are concerned. There is a real danger of some of these people falling into the NEET group (Not in Education, Employment of Training),” she said.
She went on to stress that there are many more apprenticeship opportunities available.
“For people who aren’t sure what direction to take, there are also Traineeships where young people can gain work experience and improve their employability skills to prepare them for an Apprenticeship or permanent employment.”
Ms Worthington mentioned a new Future Professionals Pre-Apprenticeship programme aimed at school or college leavers aged 16 to 17 who are interested in business and marketing and know that their preferred way of learning is on the job. She pointed out that they can achieve a Level 3 Business qualification, equivalent to two A Levels, and progress onto an Advanced Apprenticeship in under a year.
“With an emphasis on business and marketing, they will also have an option for careers in human resource management and financial services. All they need is the ambition, and A to C grades in English and Maths. The programme will include work experience placements with one of our employers, many of whom are household names, and participants will receive a weekly training allowance,” she added.