Blair-era goal of sending 50 percent of young people to college is being dropped as funding for apprenticeships is increased in Rishi Sunak’s ‘mini budget’
- Chancellor Rishi Sunak will announce more funds for apprenticeships
- Gavin Williamson will formally drop the 50 percent target next week
- Tony Blair’s 50 percent target has been criticized as ‘middle class’
The target of getting 50 percent of young people to college will be formally abandoned as part of an effort to expand vocational education.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak will use next week’s mini-budget to announce funding for a massive apprenticeship expansion.
As young people face what will be the most difficult job market for a generation, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson will also give a big push to expand further education.
Mr. Williamson is expected to formally exit the 50 percent target next week and focus on improving access to high-quality practical and vocational courses in college.
The goal of getting 50 percent of young people to college will be formally abandoned as part of an effort to expand vocational education
Chancellor Rishi Sunak will use next week’s mini budget to announce funding for a massive expansion of apprenticeships
A government source described the 50 percent target, originally set by Tony Blair, as “middle class bull ***”.
Boris Johnson said this week that he wanted to offer a “chance guarantee” to all young people, fearing that the recession caused by the closure could push unemployment to above three million.
A study by the IPPR think tank predicted yesterday that unemployment under 25 would more than double by the end of the year from 420,000 to just over a million.
Large companies are already encouraged to offer youth training through the apprenticeship levy. But next week, Mr. Sunak is expected to offer small businesses cash for every student they hire.
Ministers hope that the scheme will lead to an enormous increase in the number of apprenticeships and that every young person who wants one will get a place.
The 50 percent university target was first set in 1999 and was eventually met in 2017. Although sources have now been suspended, sources said it continued to promote education policies.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson will also give a big push to expand further education
A government source described the 50 percent target, originally set by Tony Blair, as “middle class bull ***”
“There has been an unhealthy obsession with the 50 percent target,” said a government source. “Of course we want people to be able to go to university, but we shouldn’t try to artificially boost the numbers.
“All the time, the focus has been on the target, no one has mentioned the 50 percent of young people who don’t go to college. That is going to change. ‘
Ministers believe that colleges can play a key role in retraining thousands of adults who lose their jobs as a result of the blockade.
But they also claim that college courses can offer better value for money than diplomas for many young people.