Figures published on the 23rd of February show that Government targets on tackling skills shortages among young people and adults are being met early
‘The figures show an extra 21,000 19-year-olds achieved Level 2 qualifications (equivalent to 5 good GSCEs) in 2005 than in the previous year. This represents a rise of 3%, a year earlier than the Government’s PSA target.
They also show that more young people are reaching Level 3 (2 ‘A’ Levels or equivalent) -up to nearly 46%, or a 3.5% rise from 2004.
Qualifications earned by adults are also on the rise with 464,000 more qualified to Level 2 or higher than 12 months ago. The figures show the Government is on course to meet the target of 1 million adults with Level 2 qualification by 2006, with an increase of over 841,000 passing their exams since Autumn 2002.
Vocational qualifications are also rising with more than 500,000 National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) awarded in 2005, more than any other year.’
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