FErret

In the market for a one-stop shop

The government is pushing for a Ucas-style central application system for apprenticeships and technical education – and Ucas itself appears to want to run the show

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It came as a shock to many that FE and skills was unveiled as a central plank of the government’s flagship industrial strategy last month. Improbably, institutions of technology – those mythical organisations that no one quite understands but everyone apparently thinks are great – garnered many of the headlines.

But it is another element of the strategy that appears to be attracting most attention at the heart of government: creating a Ucas-style central application system for apprenticeships and technical education.

At the most basic level, it’s easy to see the attraction: what better way to ...

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