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Fewer young people learning after 17, survey suggests

Garry Fri 17 May 2013 08:23

Fewer young people are still learning after the age of 17 in the UK, a survey suggests.

A report by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (Niace) says there has been a seven percentage point drop in the number of 17 to 24-year-olds taking part in learning compared with last year.

The survey involved 5,000 people.

The government has cast doubt on its findings, saying other data suggests no change among 16 to 24 year-olds.

The Niace survey found about one in five adults is currently involved in some type of learning.

Learning here is defined as anything from full or part-time study to evening classes or "practising, studying or reading about something".

Young people are more likely to be studying than older generations. Among the 17 to 19-year-olds asked, 79% said they were in learning.

But when a wider age-range is included - 17 to 24-year-olds - 70% said they were involved in some type of learning, down from 77% last year.

Most other age groups showed a small increase in participation, except among those aged from 55 to 64, where there was a fall from 29% to 26%.

Participation generally declines with age, so that among 65 to 74-year-olds, 19% say they are learning, while 10% of over-75s say they are.

Read more... (BBC News - 17 May)