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Archive No. 16

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Forcing young people to study or train does not work, says new report

Many young people do not want to continue into further education as they find colleges too impersonal and too similar to schools concludes a new report from the education charity, Rathbone and the Nuffield Review of 14 to 19 education.

The report, Engaging Youth Enquiry, looked at the role of so-called ‘NEETs’ - 16-18 year olds who are ‘not in education, employment or training’ - and suggests that forcing students to study or train does not work. It says that the government’s plan to make some form of education or training compulsory for 16-18 year olds will lead to a rise in drop-outs.

The report also argues that many businesses will avoid employing young people because of the costs and bureaucracy of supporting their training and that this will cause an overall rise in the number of ‘NEETs’ in the future.


Asbestos awareness

A new campaign has been launched by HSE to make tradesmen and tradeswomen aware of the hidden danger of asbestos.

The campaign, Hidden Killer, will run until the end of November with adverts, articles and resources targeted at those who work in the building industry. There is also a dedicated website which contains information and advice on what to look out for and how to avoid asbestos exposure.

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New academies launched

Four new skills academies are to be established in the UK, the government announced this month. Each academy will be devoted to a different industry and will offer in-depth training,

The academies will be for social care, information technology, power and enterprise and will be in addition to the 12 academies, covering subjects including financial services, retail, construction and hospitality, which already exist in the UK. Academies for fashion, textiles and jewellery and materials, production and supply are also being planned for later this year.

Government appoints youth panel

The Communities and Local Government department has created a panel of young people to advise them on issues such as improving community relations, homelessness and regeneration of local areas.

The panel of youth advisors, aged from 15-20 years old, were selected by the Communities Secretary Hazel Blears and will meet with her regularly to give their views on government plans and decisions which involve local issues.


Child workers in Pakistan

Child protection organisations in Pakistan are trying to draw attention to the problem of child labour in their country. Pakistan’s Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child estimate that 8-10 million children work full-time, contradicting the official figures of around 3 million.

The International Labour Organisation (part of the UN) claims that many children are employed in the glass bangles industry, working up to 12 hours a day and coming into contact with toxic chemicals and furnaces.

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The information on accidents and prosecutions featured in this section comes from a number of different sources including the Health and Safety Executive and regional and national newspapers.



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“Too many apprentices have already lost their lives due to inadequate safety standards. Instead of basing requirements for apprentices on employers' existing health and safety systems, the Government should acknowledge that many of these systems are totally inadequate - hence the high injury and illness rate amongst young people starting work.”

TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber



“In fast-changing times we need to give the next generation the power to shape their education and training because they have a vested interest in their success. As a country we can’t afford to let anything hold them back.”

Ed Balls, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families


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