According to a new announcement by the Education Secretary and UCAS, young people will be able to use UCAS to search and apply for apprenticeships alongside degrees.
The change will be in effect from this autumn when young people will be able to see more personalised options such as apprenticeships. From 2024, they will then be able to apply for apprenticeships through UCAS.
Education Secretary, Gillian Keegan, said that her apprenticeship was her ‘golden ticket’.
‘It gave me a unique insight into how a business operated, from the shop floor to the boardroom,’ she said.
Apprenticeships will ‘show students the different routes’
Over 1.5m students already use the UCAS Hub, gov.uk revealed. By allowing students to explore apprenticeship opportunities alongside undergraduate courses, they will be able to discover and decide between their options in the same place for the first time.
‘It will also show students the different routes into a single career destination,’ the press release states. ‘Meaning if a student is interested in, for example, engineering, they will see the undergraduate and apprenticeship routes displayed side-by-side.’
The government will collaborate with UCAS to share vacancy information collated through its Find an Apprenticeship Service. This is so that as many apprenticeship vacancies are advertised through the Hub as possible.
New service will help students achieve their career aspirations
Chief Executive of UCAS, Clare Marchant, said: ‘Presenting students with all their choices in one place will not only transform the apprenticeship offering but create real parity by putting these options side-by-side with undergraduate courses.’
Marchant explained that the announcement shows the commitment to deliver a ‘clear, accessible, and joined-up service’ that will help students to discover, decide, and apply in one place which will enable them ‘to achieve their future career aspirations’.
UCAS, an independent charity, is the UK’s shared admissions service for higher education. It provides information, advice, and guidance to help students progress to university, college, or a degree apprenticeship.