What steps his Department is taking to support more pathways from education into employment for young people.
14 May 2018
This answer is a correction from the original answer.
We are developing 15 prestigious technical routes that will set a clear pathway through apprenticeships and new flagship T level programmes to skilled employment for young people.
High quality apprenticeships offer an excellent means of progression for many young people leaving education, giving them the skills valued by employers.
T levels are classroom based, level 3 study programmes and will provide a distinctive and rigorous technical alternative to A levels. A substantial, high-quality industry placement will be an essential part of each T level giving students the chance to put into practice the technical skills they have learned in the classroom.
Training and qualifications within the technical education routes are being designed and developed by employers - so that students can be confident they are getting the skills that employers need.
The reformed technical routes will ensure we unlock all the talents of young people across the country, no matter where they come from, and support them into strong, rewarding jobs and careers.
We are developing 15 prestigious technical routes to set a clear pathway through apprenticeships and new flagship T levels to skilled employment for young people.
We are working with employers to design the content for T levels, which will provide in future a distinctive and rigorous technical alternative to A levels.
But apprenticeships must be of high quality. I am pleased that the move from the old frameworks to the new standards has seen the proportion of these apprenticeships in the number of all starts grow from 3% to 36% since last year.
Traineeships for those most distant from the labour market are yielding good results. With two thirds progessing to positive destinations and reporting high levels of satifaction (82%). With 84% saying it helped them gain the skills they need.