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Schools: Vocational Guidance

Question for Department for Education

UIN 130857, tabled on 5 March 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of careers advice in schools on vocational training.

Answered on

13 March 2018

The Technical and Further Education Act that came into effect in January 2018 requires schools to give providers of technical education, including apprenticeships, the opportunity to talk to pupils about the courses and jobs they offer. The new law, originally proposed by Lord Baker of Dorking, will make sure that all young people learn about opportunities for education and training outside school so that they are able to make informed choices about their future. This includes making them more aware of the routes to higher skills and into the workplace, including vocational education and apprenticeships.

The government’s recently published careers strategy also sets out how we will improve the information on the National Careers Service website. This will make sure young people have the right information on the full range of options available to them, including vocational training and apprenticeships.