About Youth Employment UK:
Youth Employment UK is an independent, not for profit social enterprise founded in 2012 to tackle youth unemployment. As experts on youth employment and unemployment, we are ideally placed to understand the complex landscape facing young people, employers and policy makers.
About the Commission
The Commission will run from June 2023 to February 2024, with a range of virtual and in-person evidence sessions. In the Autumn of 2023 the Commission will produce an interim report looking specifically at the economic evidence of the reforms. At its end the Commission will produce a final report and campaign highlighting any recommendations.
The Commission is being supported by Nansi Ellis, Education Policy Consultant and Josh Knight, Senior Policy & Research Lead at Youth Employment UK.
About Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications:
In July 2021, Gillian Keegan, then Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, issued the Government response to the consultation on the review of Post-16 Qualifications at Level 3.  In her foreword she set out the vision ‘to transform the qualifications landscape and expand opportunity right across the country, so that more people can get the skills they need to get good jobs.’
Alongside A levels and T levels (which are the equivalent of 3 A levels), the government is ‘streamlining’ the Level 3 qualifications on offer. This includes removing funding from qualifications which ‘overlap’ with T levels, and providing funding for a range of technical qualifications for occupations not served by T levels and specialist qualifications that are more specialised than the T levels. Qualifications which fit these categories will have to be submitted for approval.
According to the #Protect Student Choice campaign, more than half of the current 134 Applied General Qualifications will not be funded from 2025, as ministers deem them ineligible for approval2. Since May 2020, the Government has also removed funding from over 3,700 level 2 qualifications.
The concern is that these changes will remove a well-respected pathway to higher education and skilled employment from a significant number of young people, particularly those who are most marginalised, and lead some to disengage from education altogether.
Nansi Ellis, education policy consultant
 https://sfcacampaign.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/document/0223-AGQ-letter-from-heads-and-principalsto- SoS-FINAL.pdf?t=1677610223