In today’s uncertain economic times it is vital we all stay up to date with chosen profession or working knowledge of expertise in the industry we work within. With the rise in unemployment in all age groups and significant rise of unemployment in under 25’s, it is now serious cause for concern and important to identify and decide on sustainable education and employment route.
The “Department for Education and Skills” (by the UK’s Government) has confirmed plans to raise the school leaving age in England by 2013, thus young people will be required to stay in either; full-time education or training, including school, college and home education, or work-based learning, such as an Apprenticeships, part-time education, training or volunteering more than 20 hours week.
The new law is called the “Education and Skills Act 2008”. Essentially this may not necessarily mean that pupils have to stay in the classroom or continue with academic lessons however students will have to continue to receive training at certain level until they reach the age of 18.
This might mean student is encouraged to stay at school and do (or complete) their GSCEs and levels, if they have not already done so. Students could improve their skills through taking course in “Foundation Learning” which will benefit them if they decide to go in to further education eventually. Another option for student is to gain some practical experience in subject that interests them by doing “14 to 19 Diploma.” All of these options will be beneficial for future development, educational progression and future employment, as it shows commitment to future employers.
Students can start an apprenticeship and get some on-the-job experience of work and training, whilst some carrying on with part-time study. Many companies are offering the new style “modern apprenticeship” which means student has way of earning an income, whilst gaining valued vocational education. Thus lessening the financial burden for the student, but adding valuable hands-on experience whilst continuing their studies and educational progression.
Another option is to study at school until the age of 18, then go college part-time whilst having part-time employment. This could possibly make the study process longer by possibly one or two years (depending on the course or areof study), but it could be very beneficial in reducing the overall cost and educational burden to the student.
Although at the same time this could be to the students’ advantage as within 2 to 5 years the employment landscape should have started to recover and the opportunities available should be significantly increased for graduates. Because the chosen path for education was “Continued Education” this will have added to the student’s expertise and working maturity, whilst showing commitment and having valuable work experience over their non part-time counterparts. The same can also apply to mature students or people wanting to update their qualifications to better their chance in future employment progression.