OCED: Education key to success of Britain's youths
Young people who leave school with at least five good GCSEs fare better than their counterparts in other industrialised countries, a new report has found.
However, those who leave without decent qualifications can expect worse training and employment outcomes than in comparable nations, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) study.
The number of young people in Britain not in education or training has risen to 13 per cent, which is above the OECD average and higher than in 1997.
In addition, only 45 per cent of those who leave school without basic qualifications have a job within a year, compared to 67 per cent who pass five decent GCSEs.
Commenting on the report, a government spokesperson said: "The picture for young people in employment, training and education in this country is improving but more needs to be done."
To try and address this issue, the Labour party has been pushing to create more apprenticeship places in the UK for young people.