A new law is expected to come into force in January 2023 which will change an important area of the work we do together to support young people.
The Skills and Post-16 Education Act 2022 sets out new requirements on the number and types of encounters schools will need to deliver for their pupils with providers of technical education or apprenticeships.
The Provider Access Legislation specifies schools must provide at least six encounters for all their students – two in Years 8 and 9, two in Years 10 and 11 (all pupils in these year groups will be expected to access these encounters) and two in Years 12 and 13 (encounters need to be made available to all students in these year groups).
A Government consultation on the details of implementing these changes was launched in June and closed on the 25th July. The CEC have been working closely with the Department for Education and sector partners to understand this change and what it means in practice for the work we do together.
At The Careers & Enterprise Company they know improving pupils’ knowledge of Apprenticeships and Technical Education pathways alongside other learning pathways is key to supporting young people find their best next step. Much good work has been and is being done.
The Provider Access Legislation (PAL) will become a key mechanism to further help learners understand and take-up, not just apprenticeships, but wider technical education options such as T-Levels and Higher Technical Qualifications. At The Careers & Enterprise Company we are keen to support schools and providers to meet and evidence this updated requirement as part of wider progressive careers programmes.
The CEC are committed to empowering the best possible choice and opportunity for young people. They know there is already fantastic work being done by schools across the country in connecting young people with technical qualification and apprenticeship pathways. We are determined to build on that good practice.
You will hear much more from the CEC in the new academic year. Alongside sector and education partners the CEC will develop a comprehensive range of resources to support schools and providers in capitalising on this opportunity and integrating the new requirements into existing plans. Their focus is making sure we are all prepared and ready to put these changes into practice smoothly and successfully.
They aim to keep you regularly informed on the progress they are making and what you can expect to see when. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the CEC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oli de Botton,
The Careers & Enterprise Company
Further detail of the legislation
-The Skills Act specifies schools provide at least six encounters with providers of approved technical education qualifications or apprenticeships.
-Two in Y8/9, two in Y10/11 (which are mandatory for all registered learners to attend) two in Y12/13 (which it is mandatory the school offer but optional for learners to attend).
-Two encounters in the same phase cannot be with the exact same provider
-Schools should ask providers to whom access is given to provide information that includes the following— (i) information about the provider and the approved technical education qualifications or apprenticeships that the provider offers, (ii) information about the careers to which those technical education qualifications or apprenticeships might lead, (iii) a description of what learning or training with the provider is like, and (iv) responses to questions from the pupils about the provider or approved technical education qualifications and apprenticeships.
-Mandated for each registered pupil not just select groups
-Expected to come into force in January 2023
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