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Extra help for 'drop-out' teenagers

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The government has promised to dramatically reduce the of young people that are not in education, work or training.

According to government figures, 206,000 16-18 year olds fall into this category. Prime minister Gordon Brown's vision to tackle this were outlined in the Queen's Speech. It includes plans to:

  • Raise the school leaving age from 16 to 18

  • Create 90,000 apprenticeships

  • Provide more training support, including an expansion of the educational maintenance allowance which provides means-tested financial support to teenagers on courses

  • Give personalised advice for those considered at risk from dropping-out

  • Allow for greater flexibility in further education courses

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