Vocational and technical schooling in England is to get an additional £500m a yr in a bid to coach extra expert staff and enhance the economic system.
The plans, to be set out in subsequent week’s Finances, additionally embrace changing 13,000 current with 15 “world-class routes”.
College students in additional schooling or at a technical school may also be eligible for upkeep loans.
The brand new programs are anticipated to start out from the 2019/20 educational yr.
The federal government is asking the plans essentially the most bold schooling reform because the introduction of A-levels 70 years in the past.
‘Must be self-sufficient’
The funding will enhance the quantity of coaching for 16 to 19-year-olds’ by 50%, to 900 hours a yr.
A authorities spokesman mentioned the transfer was a part of its plan to sort out weaknesses within the UK’s productiveness ranges, and so enhance residing requirements.
Affiliation of Faculties chief government David Hughes mentioned the announcement would make a big and constructive distinction, saying technical abilities and schooling had been neglected for too lengthy.
He mentioned: “Publish-Brexit Britain will want extra self-sufficiency in growing abilities and other people will want the arrogance, help and alternatives to adapt and alter over 50-plus yr careers.”
The coverage on vocational comes after a evaluate of technical schooling carried out by Lord Sainsbury final yr.
He mentioned: “Focused funding of this kind makes financial sense – our worldwide rivals recognised way back that investing in technical schooling is important to enhancing nationwide productiveness.
“However additionally it is important if we’re to equip individuals with the information and abilities they should acquire rewarding and expert employment sooner or later.”
Evaluation: Sean Coughlan, schooling correspondent
With Brexit looming, there may be much more urgency for business to have sufficient home-grown expertise within the office.
Vocational abilities and technical schooling have been longstanding weaknesses in England’s schooling system.
Employers have referred to as for extra consideration on worsening abilities shortages fairly than getting extra younger individuals into college.
This £500m will likely be a lift for elevating the standard and standing of office abilities.
However college leaders have been complaining vociferously a couple of deepening funding disaster for primary working prices.
And this money announcement could have head academics questioning in the event that they’re subsequent in line for a Finances day additional serving to.