CBI responds to deputy PM's speech on opportunities for young people
Neil Carberry, CBI director for employment and skills policy, said,
“The CBI has long called for a UCAS-style system for vocational qualifications. This is a major step forward in making vocational routes more visible and will help put it on a level footing with more traditional academic routes.
“Supporting 16 and 17 year olds through Jobcentre Plus to break into the world of work is overdue. With too many young people still unemployed Jobcentres will need to hit the ground running and tailor help to meet the needs of the local economy.
“The Government is right to focus on improving careers advice as it remains on life support. Schools cannot do it alone and employers have a key role to play in inspiring young people and preparing them for the workplace.”