Published: 17th Feb 2011

‘I’d be better off in bed’ was a comment I heard from one of the learners at PM Training as he sat reading the newspaper the day after the vote to scrap the Education Maintenance Allowance – EMA. I asked the learner if he was serious in his comment. He replied that not in the sense that he would leave the foundation learning programme as he could see how what we did gave him a great opportunity to secure an apprenticeship, but he reflected that for him and many like him it is true that they will be financially worse off attending training than they would be as a Neet. PM Training is based in Stoke-on-Trent and used to have one of the highest rates of young people not in education, employment or training (Neet).  Indeed Stoke was a pilot for trailing EMA, which was seen as a means to … (To read the full article, subscribe below)