Schools 'must offer Apprenticeship options'

Nicky Morgan

A new law to ensure Schools promote vocational routes as much as academic subjects to help students will be introduced this year to halt “outdated snobbery” against technical education.

Nicky Morgan, the Secretary of State for Education has said ministers want to "level the playing field", making sure young people are aware of all options open to them.

The new law will ensure that technical colleges and Apprenticeship providers, such as Steadfast Training Ltd, will be allowed into schools to give career advice to pupils.

Nicky Morgan said: “As part of our commitment to extend opportunity to all young people, we want to level the playing field – making sure they are aware of all the options open to them and are able to make the right choice for them.”

“For many young people going to university will be the right choice, and we are committed to continuing to expand access to higher education, but for other young people the technical education provided by apprenticeships will suit them better.”

“That’s why I’m determined to tackle the minority of schools that perpetuate an outdated snobbery towards apprenticeships by requiring those schools to give young people the chance to hear about the fantastic opportunities that apprenticeships and technical education offer.” 

Hopefully the new legislation will not only give apprenticeship providers the chance to speak directly to students but also prevent schools from treating Apprenticeships as a ‘second-best’ option

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