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Wolf Report: Vocational qualifications closing door of graduate opportunities to many young people

Published: Friday, 04 March 2011   Category: All Graduate job news

Many young people are let down by non-university vocational qualifications which do not result in a job, "encouraging this downward spiral to joblessness". 

That is according to the Wolf Report, a recent government-sponsored study looking into vocational education, authored by Professor Alison Wolf.

However, if people go to university, many graduate opportunities open up for them.

In it, she reveals that only around 45 per cent of GCSE pupils achieve a C grade in English and maths, which she suggests is letting them down.

Kristen DiLemmo, writing for Independent Schools Council, summed up the report by warning that some less able students are being told to study vocational qualifications instead of going to university.

"Rather than encouraging - or indeed forcing - pupils to continue studying these crucial subjects, some schools default to the solution of channelling low performers into vocational training," she said.

Recently, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation announced that many roles, including graduate vacancies, will open prior to the London 2012 Olympics.

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