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Government FE policy – quick link to current priorities

December 6, 2013

For an update on current government priorities and actions relating to FE, go to

where you’ll find further links to information on how the government is:

  • reforming the funding and content of 16 to 18 provision through the introduction of study programmes
  • introducing a new funding system based on student loans: it’s for people aged 24+, studying at levels 3 and 4, or for advanced and higher apprenticeships
  • freeing colleges from central government control
  • improving apprenticeships
  • making FE teacher training more professional
  • providing better careers advice
  • introducing a new traineeships programme to support young people to develop skills for employment, including apprenticeships
  • introducing the technical baccalaureate (TechBacc) – a new measure that will allow young people aspiring to a vocational career a high-quality alternative to the A level route
  • reforming 16 to19 vocational qualifications, expanding the provision of work experience and allowing colleges to enroll 14- to 16-year-olds
  • identifying the best vocational qualifications as either ‘tech level’ or ‘applied general’ qualifications and ask employers and universities to endorse them, so young people know which courses have the best job prospects
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