Good news for the security industry this week as schools in England are to be required to give vocational routes as much time as academic subjects to help students who want to land apprenticeships. Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said ministers wanted to “level the playing field”, making sure young people are aware of all options open to them.
Ministers raised concerns over some schools, which only promote vocational education to less able pupils. Apprenticeship providers must be given access to schools, Mrs Morgan told the BBC.
She 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.
“That’s why I’m determined to tackle the minority of schools that perpetuate an outdated snobbery towards apprenticeships by requiring those schools to give young people the chance to hear about the fantastic opportunities apprenticeships and technical education offer.”
The news will be welcomed by security companies looking for the next generation of installers and technical experts many of which offer apprenticeship positions within their organisations.