Thanks to our reforms, apprenticeships are now longer, higher-quality, with more off-the-job training and have a proper assessment at the end. They are giving people of all ages and backgrounds the chance to gain the skills to get ahead in life. There are now over 450 of our new high-quality apprenticeships available at all levels in everything from chef, solicitor, aerospace engineer and marine pilot.
In light of today's GCSE results and the exciting array of next steps available to young people, Jessica’s blog looks at her inspiring career journey to date, how apprenticeships can be a great tool to increasing social mobility, and the importance of more women taking up engineering.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:
This week is the culmination of years of hard work for thousands of young people. It is right that their efforts are celebrated across the country as well as on the front pages – but getting a good set of A levels and then a degree is only half the story.
There are more people in work than ever before and wages continue to outstrip inflation, but we recognise that some families need more support. That’s why we’re investing £9 million in free summer holiday clubs and continuing to spend £95 billion a year on working age welfare to support families.
The Grenfell Tower fire was a terrible tragedy and its impact will be felt by the local community for many years ahead. This funding will support the planned merger between Kensington and Chelsea College and Morley College so local people can get the high-quality further education and training they need.
Reducing workload is a key priority for the department – last July we published a workload reduction toolkit, which we worked on with school leaders and teachers. This has been collectively downloaded over 158,000 times since becoming available.
Today’s Education in the Media blog looks at the consultation launch of Level 4 and 5 qualifications, which aims to boost the quality and access to these qualifications, following a major review of higher technical education. We also look at the …
Today’s Education in the Media blog looks at a new report from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation about the apprenticeship levy and the content of Relationship Education at primary school.
We have made huge progress to boost the quality of education and training on offer for young people. From 2020 we will start to roll out new T Levels which will offer young people high-quality technical courses alongside our world class A Levels. These will be the gold standard choice for young people after they take their GCSEs.
The SCIF was launched with a pilot in October 2017. By the end of the scheme, we will have supported 80 colleges with funding of £12.3 million to undertake a focused quality improvement programme with a higher-performing partner.