Establishing the Employment Gap
Disadvantaged children who qualify for free school meals are twice as likely to be out of work in later life than their better-off peers, and even when they get good qualifications at school the employment gap remains, according to research.
A report by Impetus, a venture philanthropy charity that aims to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds establishes for the first time an employment gap between young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and their better-off peers. 26% of those on FSM were not in education, employment, or training (NEET) after leaving school, compared with only 13% of non-FSM youngsters.
The study says young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are less likely to get good qualifications, but even when they have similar qualifications to their better-off peers, they are still 50% more likely to be out of education and employment as young adults.
The research is based on analysis of longitudinal education outcomes data from the Department for Education, which reveals the impact of growing up in a disadvantaged family on life chances and connects pupils’ school records with their subsequent journey into employment.