Levelling Up Education: What has the Autumn Budget done for Vocational Education?


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Picture by Luca Boffa / No 10 Downing Street https://www.flickr.com/photos/number10gov/51633292719 License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/

For years, young people have been told (and continue to be told) that if they want to be employable and have a career in the future, they need to go to university. This is an incredible amount of pressure to put on a young person, especially if they know if it isn’t right for them, or their desired profession is simply better served through other means.


Many students aren’t given the full facts on their options, which can lead them to go down a path that simply isn’t right for them. Vocational education opportunities, such as apprenticeships and traineeships, offer a valid and fruitful path to an income and career. This option granted me an opportunity to have a career in something I very much enjoyed, whilst getting support and training along the way. I’ve had the advantage of a family and a school that was incredibly supportive of this option. Still, this support is not seen universally, with many schools looking to