Michael Fallon has announced 150 new army cadet units for state schools, with the first launched on Tuesday at the Birmingham school at the centre of the “Trojan horse” row over alleged attempts to introduce a hardline Islamist ethos. Speaking to the Conservative party conference, Fallon said the Ministry of Defence would create the cadet units for state schools, with 25 launching this week, a scheme he said gave young cadets “the skills and confidence they need to thrive”.
British universities have opened their doors to allow the armed forces to make 341 visits to recruit students in two years. In response to a Freedom of Information request by the Guardian, the Ministry of Defence reveals the extent to which the armed forces is focusing on universities to enlist students to the army, air force and navy. Its figures show Birmingham has welcomed more recruiters than any other university, with 20 visits since the start of last year.
Liverpool has the third highest number of young people not in education, work or training in the UK, new figures reveal. Almost 10% of Liverpool youngsters aged 16-18 are classed as NEET, Not in Education, Employment or Training, according to a Department for Education (DfE) study.
Youth unemployment figures published this week have underlined the contrasting economic fortunes of two cities an hour’s drive apart, with Wolverhampton having one of the highest jobless rates for 16 to 24-year-olds in the UK, and Coventry one of the lowest. The Guardian visited the two cities to find how their paths have diverged and why young people appear to have such comparative success in finding a job in Coventry, while the story is so different in Wolverhampton.
I’m a teen, a Muslim originally from Pakistan and born to two practicing parents, I’m semi-practicing and basically when I’m older I want to join the British Army