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Make the system easier for young people taking technical and vocational routes

Lastly, we will make the system easier for young people taking technical and vocational routes.

Our Verdict

The manifesto contains a commitment to reform technical and vocational, or skills-based, education. New qualifications are being introduced, new institutes of technology will be opened, and there is a target of creating 3 million apprenticeships by 2020.

This particular policy is to “make the system easier”, and to do that there are pledges to introduce a UCAS-style portal for technical education, and discounted travel for apprentices.

We have addressed those promises separately and our current verdict for them both is ‘not started’. As this policy is based on those, for now this also has to be considered ‘not started’.

If the UCAS-style portal is ready in time for the introduction of the new qualifications, it will need to be ‘done’ by 2020, so we will keep an eye on that.

Interestingly, in May 2018, the Education Secretary avoided directly answering a question about whether the government remains committed to discounted travel for apprentices. So it seems possible that policy might be dropped, in which case we would also have to consider this pledge to be ‘broken’.

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