BARRIERS TO PARTICIPATION IN EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Some believe they have not received enough information and support
A report by NFER released on 24 June found that while most young people experienced no barriers to participation in education and training a significant minority did -14%. The main barriers and constraints experienced by young people relate to finance, transport, availability of provision and their knowledge and awareness of the post-16 options available to them
Young people who live in rural areas have significantly increased odds of experiencing transport as a barrier or constraint than similar young people who do not live in rural areas
• Finance is significantly more likely to be experienced as a barrier or constraint by young people who are NEET, those in JWT and teenage parents
• The study suggests that there is an issue around the amount and nature of IAG available to some young people. A substantial minority of young people, particularly those with LDD, teenage parents, and young people in JWT or who are NEET feel that they have not received enough support and information, and do not feel prepared for their future when completing Year 11.
This research reiterates the importance attached to sound independent advice being made available to young people as early as possible .