Employers shirk New Deal;FE Focus

30th July 1999 at 01:00
MANY employers are failing to give young people any training on the Government's flagship New Deal scheme to take excluded groups off the dole, a report by leading charitable organisations including the Prince's Trust shows.

The report is in stark contract to another from the Further Education Funding Council showing the levels of success on FE college courses. It shows a 4 per cent increase this year in the proportion of students staying the course and achieving qualifi-cations at college.

The failure of employers to provide quality training is "undermining" the New Deal, says Tom Shebbeare, chief executive of the Prince's Trust and a member of the Government's New Deal task force. He said that if it was to work for the young long-term unemployed "it has to improve their skills and employability".

The report shows that employers feel let down by the calibre of trainees and that young people are disappointed with the training offered. Around 105,000 people are on the pound;2.5 billion programme, but many are not gaining the release for college course that they expect.

The FEFC report shows that 3.9 million people enrolled at FE colleges last year, one-fifth of them under 19. This represents an increase of 1 per cent on recruitment the previous year.

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