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How I discovered my occupation: ‘My training in care assists me...

I was seven when I went into foster care. Social services were going to remove us anyway, but one day my mum just took me and my siblings to the council offices and left us; she told us we were going on holiday. We went to an emergency place for a week and then my…

Millions invested in ‘phony’ apprenticeships, states report

Hundreds of millions of pounds are being spent on “fake apprenticeships” that are just relabelled degrees or training courses, according to a report by a thinktank which says employers are abusing the current system. Since 2017 large companies have been forced to set aside the equivalent of 0.5% of their payroll to fund apprenticeships. But…

How I discovered my occupation: ‘After jail, studying made me feel...

When I was 18, I was convicted of a violent crime. It happened after a mental breakdown and it was the first time I’d ever been in trouble with the police. In total, I spent 18 months in custody. Before that, I had been studying for A-levels in chemistry, history and philosophy. I’d always been…

How I discovered my occupation: ‘My stammer made me a much...

I knew I wanted to teach from the age of 15 but feared my stammer would stop me. One teacher even told me I should consider a different career because children wouldn’t understand me. I now know he was wrong. I’ve had a stammer since I was 14 and it has given me many obstacles…

How I discovered my occupation: ‘I was informed I wasn’t smart...

I always wanted to study law, but as a teenager I was told I wasn’t smart enough. That put me off for years. I grew up in west London in a working-class, single-parent family. My mother, who was a chauffeur, had my sister when I was 13; it was a difficult birth and she was…

How I discovered my occupation: ‘As a black, deaf trainee, I...

I feel like I’ve got two identities: being deaf and being black. It’s a double struggle to fit in and I’ve had to work 10 times harder than my classmates. [A recent report from the National Deaf Children’s Society, which analysed government data, found deaf pupils in England are struggling “at every stage of their…

‘I had actually quit hope, however studying counselling kept me alive’

Before I became a student, I felt less than a human being and had almost given up hope. But being given a scholarship was like the appearance of a candle, burning bright to lead me out of the darkness: studying counselling at university has kept me alive. I was born in Ghana and came to…

Youths more sceptical of requirement to go to university, survey discovers

Young people in Britain are increasingly sceptical of the need to go to university and are more aware of apprenticeships, according to polling, as a record proportion of school-leavers await their A-level results. More than 300,000 sixth formers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland will find out the results of their summer exams on Thursday…

University isn’t for everybody …

Since it’s likely you’ll walk away with £50,000 of debt, it’s worth seeing what other options are available before you agree to university and start drawing down on that student loan. Apprenticeships remain a popular option, with 375,800 starts in the 2017/18 academic year, according to government figures. Ryehan Amir, 20, took up an accountancy…

David Lammy states England is stopping working those who do not...

England’s education system is failing young people who don’t go to university because there are too few quality routes for vocational education, says David Lammy, a Labour MP. “If you are academic, [England] is still one of the best countries in which to be born, particularly if you’re born into a middle-class family and your…

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