Skills Bill becomes law – GOV.UK

New laws were passed today (28 April) through the Post-16 Skills and Education Act that will help transform the skills and training landscape and improve opportunities across the country .

The skills needed to support the growth of the green economy will be prioritized to create a workforce for current and future jobs, and schools will need to ensure that all children meet people who offer educational pathways technical such as apprenticeships, T-levels or internships – opening your eyes to a wide range of careers.

The legislation will help economic recovery and growth by making it easier for people to acquire the skills they need to get well-paying jobs in sectors with skills gaps, such as health and services social, engineering, digital, clean energy and manufacturing. It will also give more people the opportunity to get jobs in their area, forcing employers and colleges to work together to identify needed skills within communities.

The unethical practice of essay mills will also be criminalized to tackle companies that actively facilitate cheating and dishonest behavior by providing students with essays for money.

The Act underpins the government’s transformation of education and skills after 16 years, as set out in the Skills for Jobs White Paper, and will help improve and drive growth across the country .

Skills Minister Alex Burghart said:

The Post-16 Skills and Education Act will transform the post-16 skills, training and education landscape and improve opportunities across the country.

This legislation will ensure that everyone can acquire the skills they need to access rewarding employment, and businesses will have access to a pool of talented and skilled employees for their workforce, which will boost productivity.

The main measures introduced by the law include:

  • Putting employers at the heart of the skills system by placing a legal obligation on colleges and other providers to work with employers to develop skills plans, so that the training offered meets the needs of local areas and people no longer have to leave their home town to find good jobs;
  • ensure that all students meet with technical education providers so that they understand the wide range of career paths and training available to them, such as apprenticeships, T-levels or internships, and not only traditional academic options;
  • prioritizing green skills so that the training offered across the country meets the needs of the growing green economy and helps put more people into the job market;
  • support the transformation of the current student loan system so that from 2025 learners can access a flexible loan for higher level education and training at university or college, usable at any time in their life ;
  • introducing new powers to intervene when colleges fail to deliver good results for the communities they serve;
  • to make it a criminal offense to provide, arrange or advertise writing factory services for profit to students graduating post-16 at institutions in England including colleges, universities and high schools; and
  • creating a unified skills system that builds on the quality gains achieved with apprenticeships and T-levels by ensuring that all technical qualifications meet the high standards of employers.

Employers in eight pioneer regions across the country have already worked with local training providers to create skills plans that match the needs of local communities. These plans are now being rolled out across the country, opening up more opportunities for people to learn the skills they and businesses need to succeed.

The new measures build on work already underway to boost skills and connect more people to better jobs, including working with employers to create more learning opportunities, establishing a network of institutes of technology and rolling out new T-levels.

Jennifer Coupland, chief executive of the Institute for Technical Education and Apprenticeship (IfATE), which is leading the implementation of employer-led technical education reforms, said:

Following the passage of this historic legislation, we can expect to create a unified skills system that is easier to understand and that employers and learners can truly trust.

IfATE has enabled employers to improve the quality of apprenticeships and roll out exciting new T-levels. Now is the time to extend employer-led reforms to all of technical education.