On 25th February, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan addressed the Association of Colleges, and posed an important question about FE colleges and career focus. After highlighting that there are currently 13,000 qualifications available to 16-18 year olds, she asked:
“How can a student know what the best route is for their chosen career?
How can a student know which qualifications will be most relevant?
How can a student know what will be valued by potential employers?
Simply put: it is very difficult.”
There are so many education options available to both school leavers and adult learners, it can be confusing to know where to begin.
How do students choose between traditional academic qualifications, vocational qualifications, traineeships, apprenticeships and technical qualifications? Whether to choose a level 1, 2, or 3 course? Full-time or part-time? The options are almost limitless.