The revised participation figures highlighting 40,000 "invisible teens" is a major concern ("Invisible teens threaten participation agenda", 1 March). I agree with Julian Gravatt of the Association of Colleges that the problem of ensuring every 17-year-old is in education or training has not been tackled with enough urgency. These young people are the future of our economy and they are lost in the system, lacking employability skills and qualifications. While traineeships and the 16-19 bursary fund will help, are they enough and do they come a little late?
Jane Scott Paul, Chief executive, Association of Accounting Technicians.