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In response to the launch of the Government’s careers strategy, Catherine Sezen, Senior Policy Manager at the Association of Colleges, said: “AoC welcomes today’s announcement as we have long called for young people to have access to informed and impartial careers advice and education, embedded into the curriculum, from a much earlier age.
“Alongside the measures announced today, teachers need to be using the right language to promote different pathways and it is vital that all young people are aware of the exciting range of options that are available to them at the age of 16, whether academic, technical or apprenticeships.
“The strategy needs to be flexible to recognise the good work that is already taking place in a number of schools and colleges across the country. We are also keen to ensure that the forthcoming technical education reforms are properly understood and rooted into the careers strategy.”
Ray Brogden COO of Qualifi, echoes Ms Sezen’s comments and in particular the statement that “it is vital that all young people are aware of the exciting range of options that are available to them at the age of 16, whether academic, technical or apprenticeships.” At Qualifi we are promoting and enabling choice through our innovative accelerated study pathways which allow students to utilise their 16-18 Entitlement funding and Advanced Learning Loans to access Vocationally Related Qualifications at Levels 2 to 8 inclusive, with Top Up options and fast-track routes to Honours Degrees, Masters Degrees and DBA, at a fraction of the usual University fees.