Sir Peter Lampl, chair of the Education Endowment Foundation, today responded to the new OECD Education At A Glance report highlighting the high levels of young people not in education, employment and training (NEET) in the UK:
“Our one million NEETs are a shaming testimony to our collective failure to get vocational education right, and the OECD is right to highlight how poorly we compare with many other countries in this regard.
“We can’t afford the economic and social cost of such shocking dropout levels. If young people don’t develop their skills in work or education, they lose what they have already learnt and rapidly become unemployable.
“We’re working with schools to ensure young people get good exam grades. But it is equally important that young people have access to strong vocational education and apprenticeships, linking them directly to the needs of employers.”
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