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To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to encourage further education providers to promote social mobility.
The department’s plan for improving social mobility through education, ‘Unlocking Talent, Fulfilling Potential’, was published in December 2017. For further education, the key actions were the creation of high quality technical education through the introduction of T Levels; measures to drive up the quality of apprenticeships; investment in the sector through initiatives, including the £15 million Strategic College Improvement Fund; and the new £170 million Institutes for Technology.
These measures will particularly benefit students from disadvantaged backgrounds, by making sure they are able to gain the skills that are in demand from employers. Further information, along with details of other related measures, can be found in the plan which is published at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/improving-social-mobility-through-education.