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University Technical Colleges: Apprentices

Department for Education written question – answered on 6th September 2019.

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Photo of Ian Austin Ian Austin Independent, Dudley North

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to increase the take-up of apprenticeships through university technical colleges.

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

The University Technical College (UTC) programme has an important role to play in equipping young people with the skills businesses need and getting them into employment and apprenticeships.

The most recent sustained destinations data shows that during 2016-17, 21% of pupils who studied in key stage 5 at a UTC in the previous year, progressed into apprenticeships. This is double any other institution type, and well above the national average of 6%. Three quarters of the UTC apprenticeship cohort progress into apprenticeships at Level 3 or above, compared to half of the national cohort. At key stage 4, 9% of pupils studying at UTCs progressed into apprenticeships, compared to 5% nationally.

We want to see this encouraging performance continue, with UTCs working with the help of their employer sponsors to ensure that pupils are equipped with the skills that they need in their companies. Strong involvement from employers can demonstrate to pupils how attending the UTC can lead to a successful career, and will ensure that UTCs continue to prove successful in getting pupils into apprenticeships.

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