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14 to 24 Learning, Employment and Skills Strategy 2017 - 2020

This strategy, which can be read here 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:

We aim to ensure every young person to age 18 is engaged in purposeful education and training, and they are well prepared for skilled employment and higher learning. The 14-24 Learning, Employment and Skills Strategy is designed to achieve a fundamental shift in the education system in Kent, towards a more comprehensive technical offer for young people aged 14 to 24 and to make the changes needed to build a learning and skills system fit for the 21st century.

The strategy outlines the following:

  • progress against Key Performance Indicators
  • priorities
  • review of achievements
  • change and new opportunities
  • next steps.

This ambition will be achieved through focusing on four themes:

  • raising the attainment level
  • improve and extend vocational education, training and apprenticeships
  • increase participation and employment
  • target support to young vulnerable people.

In the document we set out the more detailed actions to deliver on our priorities for further improvement to the 14-24 offer in Kent and the outcomes achieved by young people.

  • extend Technical Education through applied general qualifications, tech levels, the Technical Baccalaureate, IB and IBCP and apprenticeships at all levels
  • improve progression by decreasing the number of 16-19 year olds who follow courses and do not raise their level of qualifications. Those young people who are yet to reach Level 2 often have multiple barriers to achievement
  • increase participation in years 12 and 13
  • develop Career Information Advice and Guidance especially in the light of the recently published Careers Strategy
  • develop employment engagement  and especially programmes for Vulnerable Learners
  • develop targeted support for progression to Level 3
  • diminish the attainment gap
  • facilitate the development of the transition year
  • support development  of 14-19 cost effective provision.