- The economic impact has been felt and will continue to be felt disproportionately by young people – a third (33%) of 18-24 year old employees were furloughed, had lost their job or lost paid hours (Resolution Foundation – Page 6)
- The impact on mental health has been particularly challenging – in Years 12 and 13 the proportion of young people saying they felt lonely during lockdown was more than half, with 20-25% saying that they “very often” felt lonely during lockdown (EduKit – Page 17)
- While things have been very challenging for schools, there is evidence that this very difficult period could have a silver lining in support more online learning and a broader richer approach (92% of parents and 96% of teachers now want education to develop wider skills (Edge/YouGov – Page 25)
- Research by AoC showed that in May, 43% of learners were doing less than three quarters of their planned hours with significant impacts, particularly on apprentices (AoC – Page 33)
- For higher education students, the crisis has had a very significant impact on their career plans, with 42% of third-year students say the crisis has changed their perception of the labour market and what they will do after university (HEPI – Page 47)
It is clear from the research that there has been a particular impact on apprentices – Sutton Trust research showed that more than a third have been furloughed and more than one in ten have been made redundant.
That was the topic of an evidence session this week for the Education Select Committee’s current inquiry into the impact of Covid-19 on education. Olly Newton, our Executive Director, gave evidence alongside colleagues from AoC, AELP and the Learning and Work Institute. He emphasised that the challenges created by Covid-19 are not new but have exacerbated existing concerns about the apprenticeship system – insufficient focus on young people, narrowness, lack of social mobility. We highlighted many of these in Our Plan for Apprenticeships last year.
If you’re interested to find out more here, we’ll be hosting an event on 30 June with Robert Halfon MP discussing his reflections on how to guarantee an apprenticeship guarantee – we’re excited to hear his plans! You can sign up for the event below.
You can read the Edge Foundation’s report, The Impact of Covid-19 on Education: A summary of evidence on the early impacts of lockdown here.
You can watch Olly’s appearance at the Education Select Committee here.
You can sign up for Guaranteeing an Apprenticeship Guarantee with Robert Halfon MP here.