Apprentices and Further Education

Department for Education written question – answered on 14th December 2020.

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Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Chair, Education Committee, Chair, Education Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with (a) UCAS and (b) the Institute for Apprenticeships on the reform of the Higher Education admissions process to boost apprenticeships and Further Education.

Photo of Michelle Donelan Michelle Donelan Minister of State (Education)

Our government manifesto committed to “improve the application and offer system” in a way that is "underpinned by a commitment to fairness, quality of learning and teaching, and access".

My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education, has announced his intention to consult widely on the options for reforming the university admissions system in favour of a post qualification admissions system.

The consultation process will give bodies such as UCAS and the Institute for Apprenticeships ample opportunity to make their views heard, along with other bodies from across the educational sector that could potentially be affected. A post-qualification admissions system would aim to make university admissions more transparent and to better help students make the choices that are right for them, from the full range of opportunities available in both the higher education and further education sectors.

We have introduced legislation designed to increase the number of opportunities for young people to meet providers and find out more information about technical options. The Baker Clause requires all maintained schools and academies to publish a policy statement setting out opportunities for providers of technical education and apprenticeships to visit schools to talk to all year 8 to 13 pupils and to make sure the statement is followed.

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