To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage (a) young people to enter further education, and (b) the availability of apprenticeships.
Subject to the passage of the Education Bill, schools will be under a duty to secure access to independent, impartial careers guidance for their pupils from September 2012. The guidance must include information on the full range of 16-18 education and training options, including apprenticeships. Schools will be free to determine how best to fulfil this duty, taking into account the needs of their pupils. In addition, we fund 16-19 provision and have pledged to continue fully funding Level 2 (GCSE equivalent) and Level 3 (A-level equivalent) programmes for young adults.
The Government are strongly committed to investment in apprenticeships for young people including setting out clear routes to widen access. This includes establishing a new Access to Apprenticeships pathway within the programme to widen access for young people aged 16-24.