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Young People - Graduates and Training

Limits on entry to higher education mean tens of thousands of suitably qualified young people will be left without a university or college place in autumn 2009. University clearing places are expected to fall by two-thirds. An estimated 16,000 new course places will be available on A-level results day, compared with some 43,000 in 2008. Despite that staggering fall, research suggests that demand for degree courses increased by almost 65,000. The Government have also effectively put a hold on the number of university places in September, due to growing pressure on public finances.
Universities and Skills 2009

Young people graduating in 2009 will face a 28% reduction in available employment. A survey of the top 100 graduate recruiters showed that firms intended to offer 20,000 graduate jobs this year however, 5,500 of those jobs have either been left unfilled or simply cut altogether. In total, Britain's top employers have recruited 14,370 graduates to start work later this year, compared to an original target of 19,951 and 16,614 hired in 2008.
2008.High Fliers Research 2009

Today one in five 18-to-24 year olds is jobless, as 726,000 young people are looking for work. That toll will jump dramatically as more school leavers and graduates sign on this summer.
The Independent July 2009

Just 36% of current final year students believe they will either start a graduate job or be looking for a graduate job after leaving university this summer, 26% plan to remain at university to study for a postgraduate course, 8% expect to take temporary or voluntary work, 17% are preparing to take time off or go travelling, but 12% of finalists have yet to decide what to do next.
High Fliers UK Graduate Careers Survey 2009

The government will miss its target of 130,000 apprenticeships being completed every year by 2010-11 according to the Conservative Party. Official figures show 112,600 apprenticeships were completed in 2007-08, up from 111,800 in 2006-08. They say if the number continued to increase by 800 each year, the target would be reached only in 2029-30.
BBC News February 2009

Official statistics show that despite the government's targets of increasing apprenticeships for young people, the number of 16- to 18-year-olds starting an apprenticeship fell by 8% in the first three quarters of 2008/09 - and the number of 19- to 24-year-olds starting an apprenticeship fell by 2%.
David Willets, the Shadow Secretary for Universities and Skills Of the class of 2009 leaving formal education in summer 2009, an estimated 300,000 graduates and 400,000 school leavers will join the queue of people looking for work.
Centre for Cities 2009