Independent training providers are key to the success of the government’s plans for full participation for 16-17 year olds, according to a leading authority on youth education.
Peter Lauener, chief executive of the Young People’s Learning Agency (YPLA) made the comments at last week’s Association of Education & Learning Providers 2011 Conference.
Mr Lauener said: “50 years ago, only 20 per cent of young people stayed in education and training after 15, that figure now is 96 per cent, so we're well on the way to 100 per cent.”
He went on to say: “For 17-year-olds, 60 years ago only 10 per cent (1 in 10) young people stayed on to 17; the figure now is around 85-90 per cent.”
However, Mr Lauener warned that a big challenge for both groups will providing young people with a range of opportunities.
Although some young people suit an academic curriculum, many more need practical work-based learning opportunities, said Mr Lauener.
"And that in my view is where we've got a deficit in this country," he added.
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