Technical and Further Education Bill October 2016
This bill is designed to build on the recent expansion in apprenticeships and create a “gold standard” for vocational training. The Bill seeks to tackle weak courses, streamline the number of qualifications and strengthen engagement with businesses, placing technical training on a par with academic education. It will also rename the Institute for Apprenticeships as the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education and extend its role.
Justine Greening committed to “focus much more” on FE during a speech in November, promising to improve technical as well as academic learning. However, the Government has already admitted that implementing the Sainsbury proposals will only happen “where that is possible within current budget constraints”.
The first reading of the bill took place on October 27. It will go through three more stages in the House of Commons, and then five stages in the House of Lords before it can gain Royal Assent.
Read more about this bill in the November 2016 briefing of Policy in your Pocket
Read a summary of the Bill on https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/563497/Technical_and_Further_Education_Bill_factsheet.pdf