New proposals put employers at the heart of technical education

The government has today published a bill that is intended to improve the quality of technical and further education for young people.

The Further Education and Technology Bill includes the following proposals:

  • Boosting technical education to make sure it’s high quality and responds to employers – including the proposal to extend the role of the Institute for Apprenticeships to cover technical education.
  • A new insolvency regime to protect the interests of students – this will ensure that disruption to young people’s studies is avoided or minimised as far as possible.
  • Focus on good quality technical education and information sharing – this requires colleges and local authorities to continue to share information such as data on results.

A Department for Education spokesperson said: ‘This move will mean the institute [for apprenticeships], which was set up to be the ultimate decision maker for approving apprenticeship standards, will now ensure that all technical training available to young people and adults is of the highest quality and based on the needs of employers.’

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Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Robert Halfon reports:

‘I am clear that to build a country that works for everyone, each part of the education system needs to deliver for our young people. High-quality technical and further education is not only vital in opening up doors to young people in some of the hardest to reach areas of the country, it also helps local businesses get the skilled workforce they need to drive up the productivity and economic growth that our economy needs.’