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.
We are determined to create more choice for parents when it comes to their children’s education and we have created around 920,000 school places since 2010, and are on track to see that number rise to a million by 2020. Standards have also risen, with 85% of schools now rated good or outstanding by Ofsted, compared to 68% in 2010.
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.
Technologies like AI and automation are transforming the way we live and work and bringing huge benefits to our economy, but it also means that jobs are evolving and some roles will soon become a thing of the past.
Today’s Education in the Media blog focuses on the EPI report on the teacher labour market in England, and also looks at how Brexit could positively impact apprenticeships.
Today’s Education in the media blog looks at new analysis from Universities UK (UUK) and comments on the GCSE reforms.