Vocational Education

Department for Education written question – answered on 2nd August 2019.

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Photo of Angela Rayner Angela Rayner Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he has taken to introduce a UCAS-style portal for technical education.

Photo of Kemi Badenoch Kemi Badenoch The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Holding answer received on 25 July 2019

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.

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