Leaders welcome leap in number of Bradford teenagers in education or training

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: New figures reveal more teenagers are taking up apprenticeships and further education New figures reveal more teenagers are taking up apprenticeships and further education

A leap in the number of Bradford teenagers kept from “a life on the scrapheap” was hailed by ministers yesterday.

The proportion of 16 and 17-year-olds in education or training rose from 90.1 per cent to 92.8 per cent over the 12 months to December 2013 – an increase of 2.7 per cent.

It means Bradford has a better participation rate than the average across England, which stands at 89.8 per cent, the figures show.

Calderdale (up 3.3 per cent) and Kirklees (up 3.2 per cent) also recorded significant increases, although the figure in Leeds (up 0.1 per cent) was virtually unchanged.

But the statistics sparked a race to claim credit for the apparent success, with both the Government and the Council pointing to their own policies.

Skills minister Matthew Hancock insisted Government measures were reaping rewards, including new traineeships and an expansion of apprenticeships. In addition, from last year, 16-year-olds have been required to stay on in some form of studying – rules to be extended to 17-year-olds this summer.

Mr Hancock said: “We have a clear programme of reforms to improve the quality of young people’s education to ensure, through traineeships and apprenticeships, that all have the chance to reach their potential.”

But Councillor Ralph Berry, Bradford’s Cabinet member for education, said the progress was down to “a lot of effort” on the ground, in the city.

He said said schools, colleges, the Labour-run authority and employers were working more closely together to ensure young people were found suitable posts.

And he pointed out that Bradford’s careers advice service had been praised by a parliamentary inquiry – despite criticism of weaknesses in most areas.

Coun Berry said: “We have made a big effort to get young people into the most appropriate placements that meet their needs. That’s what underpins this.

“We also work hard to identify those most at risk of falling through the cracks. We are not there yet – but I’m pleased our efforts appear to be working.”

Comments (5)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

8:04am Thu 27 Mar 14

Grumpygirl says...

Fine. But how many will go on to get jobs? In Bradford, contrary to the rest of the country, the jobless total is still rising. Cllr. Berry and the rest of City Hall needs to do something about regenerating Bradford before congratulating themselves.
Fine. But how many will go on to get jobs? In Bradford, contrary to the rest of the country, the jobless total is still rising. Cllr. Berry and the rest of City Hall needs to do something about regenerating Bradford before congratulating themselves. Grumpygirl
  • Score: 5

8:31am Thu 27 Mar 14

sorrow&anger says...

I hope these kids do get jobs, but it won't be in dead-end Bradford. Leaving the city will be the best thing that could happen to them. For the kid's sake, it's time Cllr. Green did something about making his 'city of producers' more than just vapourware.
I hope these kids do get jobs, but it won't be in dead-end Bradford. Leaving the city will be the best thing that could happen to them. For the kid's sake, it's time Cllr. Green did something about making his 'city of producers' more than just vapourware. sorrow&anger
  • Score: 5

8:45am Thu 27 Mar 14

BaildonGuy says...

The kids might benefit from this, but Bradford won't. As with Buck Lane. where the Council has spent millions of our taxes unnecessarily destroying green space just to provide accommodation for firms whose workers live outside the district, Bradford won't see a return on this investment. Other cities will employ these kids and good luck to them.
The kids might benefit from this, but Bradford won't. As with Buck Lane. where the Council has spent millions of our taxes unnecessarily destroying green space just to provide accommodation for firms whose workers live outside the district, Bradford won't see a return on this investment. Other cities will employ these kids and good luck to them. BaildonGuy
  • Score: 3

9:04am Thu 27 Mar 14

pcmanners says...

Bradford doesn't have jobs for these pupils because Bradford is run by Labour. Labour does not understand business and must never be allowed in government again. Training people for jobs the city does not have and building Buck Lane for the companies outside the district are just further examples of socialist waste and incompetence.

We need a Conservative Council. Only then will Bradford begin to improve.
Bradford doesn't have jobs for these pupils because Bradford is run by Labour. Labour does not understand business and must never be allowed in government again. Training people for jobs the city does not have and building Buck Lane for the companies outside the district are just further examples of socialist waste and incompetence. We need a Conservative Council. Only then will Bradford begin to improve. pcmanners
  • Score: 2

9:35pm Thu 27 Mar 14

mrs walker says...

pcmanners wrote:
Bradford doesn't have jobs for these pupils because Bradford is run by Labour. Labour does not understand business and must never be allowed in government again. Training people for jobs the city does not have and building Buck Lane for the companies outside the district are just further examples of socialist waste and incompetence.

We need a Conservative Council. Only then will Bradford begin to improve.
Are you having a laugh? The last time the Conservatives got anywhere near the Council they tore down the shopping centre without getting any guarantee of when it would be rebuilt. Your idea of what constitutes 'improvement' seems rather odd to me.
[quote][p][bold]pcmanners[/bold] wrote: Bradford doesn't have jobs for these pupils because Bradford is run by Labour. Labour does not understand business and must never be allowed in government again. Training people for jobs the city does not have and building Buck Lane for the companies outside the district are just further examples of socialist waste and incompetence. We need a Conservative Council. Only then will Bradford begin to improve.[/p][/quote]Are you having a laugh? The last time the Conservatives got anywhere near the Council they tore down the shopping centre without getting any guarantee of when it would be rebuilt. Your idea of what constitutes 'improvement' seems rather odd to me. mrs walker
  • Score: 1

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree