Most young people stay in some sort of education and training until 18 and this was set to become compulsory
. However, Mr Gove has quietly dropped the requirement for employers to train any 16-19 year-olds
they take on because he believes the rule deters employers from hiring young people. Obviously the Secretary of State believes the responsibility to train young people is an imposition on employers.
This move removes the statutory requirement for young people to be in education or training up to the age of 19. There has been no debate and little publicity.
If Mr Gove is serious about having a well-trained workforce then no employer should be allowed to hire anyone under the age of 19 without offering them proper training. However, it seems that requiring employers to act responsibly is not one of Mr Gove’s priorities.