A lack of awareness about vocational learning routes into work may be holding back many young people from finding sustainable employment, according to a new report published by Pearson and the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP).
Analysis in the report 'Routes into work - it's alright for some' looks at why too many young people drift as so-called NEETs (Not in Education Employment or Training) unless they are able to reach a turning point in the form of starting an apprenticeship or traineeship.
Latest quarterly figures for apprenticeships for 16 to 24 year olds show only a 4,000 increase in starts on the corresponding number a year ago, and providers say that this number could be much larger if the current funding system was simplified and made more responsive to demand.
The report also finds that the Traineeships programme is starting to play an important role in engaging young people, but awareness about the programme is low. It therefore calls for better promotion of traineeships as a pathway to employment and further training to young people, employers and key influencers.