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Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education, has announced plans for legislation to ensure that Apprenticeship employers and providers get into schools to give careers advice to pupils. Following considerable sector pressure, Ministers now recognise that some schools are unwilling to recommend apprenticeships or other technical and professional routes to any but the lowest-achieving pupils in order to promote their own sixth forms – effectively creating a two-tier system of careers advice.
Calling this “outdated snobbery”, the Secretary of State added, “As part of our commitment to extend opportunity to all young people, we want to level the playing field – making sure they are aware of all the options open to them and are able to make the right choice for them. For many young people going to university will be the right choice, and we are committed to continuing to expand access to higher education, but for other young people the technical education provided by apprenticeships will suit them better.”
The DfE press release is available on .GOV.UK on this link.