The budget may have left many outraged, and a number of questions are yet to be answered. Hopefully, however, the highlighting of vocational and technical education options are a step in the right direction.
There is a call for parity of esteem in the qualifications which is long overdue. Let's hope this can become a meaningful and successful route for many pupils in education moving forward.
Vocational and technical education in England is to get an extra £500m a year in a bid to train more skilled workers and boost the economy. The plans, to be set out in the Budget, also include replacing 13,000 existing qualifications with 15 "routes" linked to the needs of employers. Students in further education or at a technical college will also be eligible for maintenance loans. The new courses are expected to start from the 2019/20 academic year. The government is calling the plans the most ambitious education reform since the introduction of A-levels 70 years ago. The funding will increase the amount of training for 16 to 19-year-olds' by 50%, to 900 hours a year.