Tuesday, 1 July 2014
by Mark Corney
We are now less than a year before the next general election, and a consensus seems to have emerged between the main political parties over 'earn or learn' for 18-21 year olds.
The pool of 18-21 year olds who are unemployed and not in full time education can be reduced by increasing the number in jobs, expanding the number in full-time education and insisting that the rest participate in full-time training in return for a youth allowance.
Increasing the number of 18-21 year olds in employment includes expanding jobs with apprenticeships, the example par excellence of combining 'earning and learning'.
A conflict is arising, however, between 18-21 earn or learn policy and 19-21 apprenticeship funding policy.
Posted by Campaign for Learning at 03:32