We estimate that across England around one in every three young adults go on to further studies after completing their ‘A’ levels. But the picture is very varied.
In some areas two in every three go on to further study. In other areas it’s less than one in every ten. When it comes to elite universities like Oxford and Cambridge the contrasts are very stark. One in every three young adults growing up in some areas ends up going to an elite university. In other areas less than one in every two hundred ends up going.
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We pulled together the Compare Futures website before the financial crisis, so our employment figures don’t take into account the impact of the recession.
At the time, around 40 percent young adults was in full-time or part-time employment across England. But there was a lot of regional variation. In some areas only around 15 percent of young adults were working full- or part-time. In other areas it was more than 60 percent.
Having a job is important to many young people. But not if it comes at the cost of further study or improving skills for the long-term. Far fewer young adults in Kensington in London are in employment compared with the national average. This is partly because a lot more of them are studying at university.
The Compare Futures data shows big differences depending on where you live. Seven times as many young adults are not working, studying or training in the worst performing areas compared with the best performing areas.
Our data suggests that the average for young adults neither working, studying or training across England as a whole was five percent. This situation may have changed as a result of the recession.