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NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE - SHEPHARD

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Plans to give every young person more opportunities to learn, get qualified and get ready for work will be set out ...
Plans to give every young person more opportunities to learn, get qualified and get ready for work will be set out in a December White Paper, education and employment secretary Gillian Shephard announced today.

Mrs Shephard said:

'In December we will map out the future for our young people. We shall:

-- Make sure that the qualifications for young people after 16 are strengthened

-- Ensure that all 14-16 year olds have more opportunities to get to grips with the world of work

-- Build on the success of the Modern Apprenticeship scheme by developing National Traineeships - new work-based training leading to high quality qualifications

-- Introduce learning credits to help young people to make even better choices of what and where to study. We want them to understand more clearly their entitlement to learning, and to value it more

-- Ensure that young people who have had their difficulties and disappointments at school have many more chances to recover their confidence, get the basics right, and go on to greater things

-- Look carefully at all the ways in which schools, colleges and trainers recruit young people, keep them motivated and see them through to good qualifications

'In the last decade there has been a revolution in education and training. We now have much greater choice, diversity, participation and attainment than ever before. Increased involvement by employers has helped education and training respond to the needs of the labour market. The government has underpinned this expansion through its policies and supporting funding - now totalling over £3bn - while seeking to improve value for money.

'However, there is more to do. The White Paper will show how we are going about it. It will help young people go on to good jobs and higher education, and Britain to prosperity and success.'

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