James Forsyth James Forsyth

Target for half of kids to go to university dropped

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, Picture credit: Getty

In a sign of how worried the government is about youth unemployment, it will – quiet literally – pay firms to hire 16 to 24 year olds. But, as I say in the magazine this week, these government-funded jobs can only be a short-term fix. Any medium-term solution is going to require fixing post-16 education.

A third of British graduates are in non-graduate jobs.

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