"A growth strategy must invest in young people to deliver positive long-term outcomes for the economy.
A failure to focus on education is a failure to invest in the future. 30% of young people from low socioeconomic backgrounds in our annual research, Unheard Voices, felt there was not enough support for students who lost learning due to COVID-19. Today’s statement provided no clarity on the Government’s plans to close the attainment gap or shore up the future of the National Tutoring Programme.
Like the Chancellor, we recognise that apprenticeships are pivotal for growth and welcome the small investment announced today. If we're to see growth in the economy we need to be harnessing talent wherever it may be. The Chancellor should target this apprenticeship funding towards the young people with the fewest opportunities.
Investing in young people today ensures they can fulfil their potential as the talented workforce of tomorrow. This should be integral to any strategy for growth."
- Sarah Atkinson, CEO, Social Mobility Foundation