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14 to 24 Learning, Employment and Skills Strategy 2013-2016

The Refresh of the 14-24 Learning, Employment and Skills Strategy 2015-2018 (PDF, 2.5 MB) is designed to strengthen the link between the world of learning to the world of work. Its ambition is for all young people in Kent to become more skilled and qualified, to have access to high levels of vocational education and to improve their employment prospects.

The 14-24 Strategy has the following aim:

Our ambition is for all young people in Kent to become better qualified and more employable; to be able to participate and achieve success in education and work based training at least until the age of 18; and to ensure more 18 to 24 year olds can access higher learning or sustained employment that is appropriate to their needs and relevant to the local and national economy.

This aim is a key driver for all providers to support the Bold Steps of Kent:

  1. To put the citizen in control
  2. To reduce disadvantage
  3. To grow the Kent economy.

Providers will become accountable for this ambition as the Destination Measure becomes a key part of the Performance tables at Key Stage 4 and 5.

The Refresh of the 14-24 Strategy (PDF, 1.7 MB) outlines the following:

  • ambition of the Strategy
  • the four Key Priorities
  • the 18 Key Performance Indicators
  • the background of the Strategy.

The work on the Strategy by the Skills and Employability Service is supported by the 12 District Data Packs which highlight the key underpinning data which providers should use in making their plans about future Curriculum Provision. Further information about the District Data Packs.

This ambition will be achieved through focusing on four themes:

Raising attainment level
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Achieving level 3 qualifications is very important for improving young people's employment prospects. It enables young people to progress to higher education, giving them better access to professional employment opportunities.

To give Kent's young people the best opportunities, we want to continue improving GCSE attainment levels. We also want to significantly increase the number of 16-19 year olds achieving level 2 and 3 qualifications, which will give them access to vocational and professional training pathways and higher level apprenticeships.

Improve and extend vocational education, training and apprenticeships
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In order for all 14-19 year olds to access appropriate learning and training, a high quality education and training programme is being developed which is matched to students' and employers' needs.

Our apprenticeship scheme already supports 1500 young people aged 16-19. We have launched Kent Jobs for Kent Young People, which is a campaign designed to encourage employers to employ more young people through apprenticeships.

Our aim is for a rise in the uptake and completion of apprenticeships, by increasing school based apprenticeships, including level 3 opportunities. We want at least half of schools to provide one or more apprenticeship opportunity.

Find out more about apprenticeships.

Increase participation and employment
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A priority for Kent is to raise the participation in education or training until 18 years old. This will be legislation, Raising the Participation Age, which has been introduced in 2013 and will come into full force in 2015. This will include learning, apprenticeships and employment with training opportunities and does not mean staying on at school.

Our KentChoices4U service helps young people make post-16 education and training decisions.

Target support to young vulnerable people
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The number of 16-18 year old NEETs (Not in Education, Employment or Training) is rising; it is these young people who need extra support in achieving post-16. We want to reduce the number of vulnerable learners who become excluded and disengaged by improving early intervention, support and pathway planning.

We are piloting the Kent Integrated Adolescent Support Services (KIASS) which provides an integrated approach for disadvantaged young people who are vulnerable to NEET, permanent exclusion, absence from school or engaged in the misuse of alcohol and drugs.

We have also extended our Vulnerable Learners Project to help more young people into assisted apprenticeships.