Skip to main content

The ‘boost technical education to provide skills for the workplace’ Act

Bill Passed

27th
Apr.

Current
Stage

What

  • To simplify the technical education sector by creating clear pathways from further education to employment.

  • To extend the remit of the Institute of Apprenticeships to cover college-based technical education in addition to apprenticeships, and to rename it accordingly as the “Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education”.

  • To provide protection for students in technical education in the event that their college goes into administration.

  • To make sure that technical education colleges under Local Authority control still share information and performance data with the Government.

Why

This Bill takes forward the Government’s reforms to technical education, laid out in its post-16 skills plan, which could help boost the country’s productivity by addressing skill shortages and ensuring high quality technical education.

Simplifying the technical education system, and placing it under the control of the Institute of Apprenticeships, should ensure higher standards and make sure technical training meets the needs of employers.

It also establishes an insolvency regime to protect students in the event that a Further Education or Sixth Form college fails financially.

Who

Justine Greening MP and the Department for Education are responsible for this Bill.

Other Arguments

Any boost for technical education will probably be met with widespread support. However, the measures in the Bill that apply to colleges that are financially failing may be more controversial. Mark Dawe, the Chief Executive of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers, criticised the notion that no matter how incompetently an institution is managed, the Government will always bail it out.

How to get involved

Speak to your MP.

If I don’t act, will it go through?

This is now an Act