In their annual report on study programmes for 16 – 19 year olds Ofsted has raised concerns that many college courses are not effectively helping young people to secure the qualifications, training and work experience to progress in their chosen career paths. Increasing numbers of young people also appear to be dropping out of their training courses, raising concerns that there will be an increase in the number of young people aged 16 to 24 being classed as ‘NEET’ (not in full time education, employment or training).
In regards to Apprenticeships and vocational training, the report highlighted the importance of training providers and employers working together to serve young peoples’ needs. This is something that we focus on heavily here at ATG Apprenticeships. We work closely with employers right from the start when we list Apprenticeship vacancies on the ATG Apprenticeships website. We help employers recruit young people as apprentices and then support both the employer and the apprentice throughout the length of their Apprenticeship and ensuring that the training, experience and qualifications gained by young people are of high-quality.