Policy paper

Building Engagement, Building Futures

The government wants to increase the participation of 16- to 24-year-olds in learning and employment


Building Engagement, Building Futures: Executive Summary

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Our strategy to maximise the participation of 16-24 year olds in education, training and work

Increasing the participation of 16-24 year olds in learning and employment not only makes a lasting difference to their individual lives, but is central to the governmenta’s ambitions to improve social mobility and stimulate economic growth.

In Opening Doors, Breaking Barriers (April 2011) the government committed to publish a new strategy to maximise the participation of 16-24 year olds in education, training and work.

‘Building Engagement, Building Futures’ has been developed jointly by the Department for Work and Pensions, the Department for Education, and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills. It sets out how reforms to schools, vocational education, skills and welfare provision will all make a significant difference to young people’s opportunities and support.

But we recognise the scale of the challenge and in some areas we need to go further, in particular to help the most vulnerable young people who are at risk of long-term disengagement. The strategy sets out our new commitments to additional support through more apprenticeships for young people and through the government’s new Youth Contract.

The government’s existing reforms and this additional support will help to ensure that all young people can develop the skills, qualifications and experience they need to succeed in their careers and make a positive contribution to our society and economy.

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