Education Secretary to tackle ‘snobbery’ towards Apprenticeships.

Education Secretary to tackle ‘snobbery’ towards Apprenticeships

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has pledged to tackle ‘snobbery’ towards Apprenticeships with the proposed introduction of a new law which will ensure all students are aware of the paths open to them through Apprenticeships.

‘A new law ensuring that state schools promote apprenticeships as much as university education will be introduced this year in a bid to end the “outdated snobbery” against technical education.

Nicky Morgan, the Secretary of State for Education will legislate to ensure that technical colleges and companies providing apprenticeships get into schools to give careers advice to pupils.

The new law is designed to end the perception that non-academic routes are “second best”, amid concern within government that some schools are failing to present technical and professional options on an equal footing to university.’ (Independent)

‘Education secretary Nicky Morgan said: "As part of our commitment to extend opportunity to all young people, we want to level the playing field – making sure they are aware of all the options open to them and are able to make the right choice for them. For many young people going to university will be the right choice, and we are committed to continuing to expand access to higher education, but for other young people the technical education provided by apprenticeships will suit them better.

"That’s why I’m determined to tackle the minority of schools that perpetuate an outdated snobbery towards apprenticeships by requiring those schools to give young people the chance to hear about the fantastic opportunities apprenticeships and technical education offer."

Martin Doel, chief executive of the Association of Colleges, said school students needed access to "high-quality, impartial careers information about all post-16 education and training options, including apprenticeships and technical and professional education".’ (TES)

‘The responsibility for providing careers advice was handed to schools early in the last Parliament and many independent local careers advice services were scrapped.

This prompted concerns from further education providers that schools may only offer limited advice, rather than opening up the full range of options open to students.

The new legislation would require schools to collaborate with training providers, university technical colleges and colleges to make sure students were aware of all the paths open to them through apprenticeships, including Higher and Degree-level Apprenticeships.’ (BBC online)

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