The department is keen to make the system easier to navigate for young people considering taking technical and vocational routes and has therefore conducted extensive research with over 2,000 young people, colleges and career advisers. While the research indicated that young people would value a central source of information as they make decisions about their next steps, it did not show that they found the application process itself challenging.
As a result, the department is focusing first on ensuring young people have the right information on all of their options, including on technical education and apprenticeships. The department is redeveloping the National Careers Service website, including the post-16 course directory, and our careers strategy sets out our plans for improving the careers provision that young people receive in school or college.
The department is still considering the feasibility and practicality of a centralised portal for further education and will make final decisions on this in the context of wider reforms to technical qualifications.