Youth Voice Forum: Vocational Education

The Youth Voice Forum in November focused on vocational education and considered proposed changes to vocational funding.

The session is Chair NS Joshua Adcock (Youth Employment UK) And aimed at informing the current research of the APPG for Youth Employment, while at the same time teaching young people about the different channels that exist and what the impact of policy changes will be. , There are ample opportunities to share their experiences. Opinion.

Laura Jane Rawlings (CEO of Youth Employment UK and Co-Chair of YEG) provides updates on YEG’s current work to advise DWP and DfE on how to spend the money allocated in the fall budget. Introduced the session by. After that, she gave an overview of Post 16 Education Options.

Guest speaker Noni Sogor The Sixth Form College Association has now introduced a student protection campaign that is working to change the government’s view of reducing a number of BTECs and replace them with T-levels. T-levels are very specific and can alienate young people who want to keep their options open. She emphasized that this decision would not feel equal and would have a greater impact on disadvantaged youth, as it is most likely to adopt BTEC.

Then youth employment British youth ambassador Euan Wilcox I shared my experience as an apprentice in business administration with IBM. He did both, so he compared BTEC and A levels directly and felt that BTEC gave him a real-world understanding of topics that the academic route couldn’t offer. He touched on the poor career guidance he received at school while trying to pursue an apprenticeship and explained how he was forced to submit a UCAS application despite this preference. Euan felt that BTEC was superior to A level in terms of real-world applications.

The youth debate emphasized:

  • Learning method- Pursuing a professional or academic route should be related to individual learning styles, not academic performance. The transition to the T level can be even more detrimental to young people with poor academic performance. This is because BTEC is more flexible, although there are often English and math requirements.
  • Influence of teachers and schools – The experience of stigmatizing around BTEC by being pushed into a particular path by the school, pushing young people with poor academic performance into vocational routes, and proposing academic routes only to young people with good academic performance.
  • Career guidance – Some people feel that career advisors didn’t get to know them deep enough to provide meaningful advice on what path to take in the future, but most help because the guidance focuses on the university. Some felt that they had to pursue an alternative route without it. As a result, young people have to make important decisions on their own with minimal guidance, which makes the process much more difficult.
  • Employer – Job fairs were cited as a positive example of career education not only in helping young people think about the future, but also in raising brand awareness among young people. On the other hand, job descriptions, applications, and interviews have accessibility issues that affect young people with particularly disadvantaged backgrounds.

Future suggestions:

  • Learning method- Increasing attention to learning styles at school and communication on different paths suitable for these different learning styles. BTEC should be maintained and student choices should be protected.
  • Influence of teachers and schools – With vocational education and training for teachers around the school, we will share a wide range of options for young people after the age of 16 and train staff so that they can be supported by routes other than university.
  • Career Guidance – A means of improving training for career advisors and accountability for career guidance providers to ensure that young people receive quality support.
  • Employer – We recommend that you make the application process “young-friendly” and accessible to ensure that you reach the most diverse pool of applicants. Resources and advice provided to employers on how to benefit from various governmental schemes that support youth vocational routes.

Details of Youth Voice Forum

The purpose of YVF is to create a safe space for young people to get together and discuss the views, experiences and challenges they face as a direct result of Covid-19. Here they also support the work done by YEG and have a positive opinion on influencing policy. YVF truly addresses young people’s needs and perspectives by identifying what changes need to be made to young people and providing them with the opportunity to discuss solutions to their own identified problems. We guarantee that it will be reflected.

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Next session Tuesday, December 7th

Youth Voice Forum: Vocational Education

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