Access to schools for education and training providers

Closed 25 Jul 2022

Opened 20 Jun 2022

Feedback updated 5 Jan 2023

We asked

We asked for your views on the proposed changes to statutory guidance for schools on access for education and training providers. This is following changes made through the Skills and Post-16 Education Act 2022, where we strengthened existing provider access legislation to require schools to provide six encounters with providers of technical education or apprenticeships for all pupils, during school years 8-13.

You said

We received 137 responses to the consultation from a wide variety of interested stakeholders including: schools, providers, careers professionals, unions and others.

Overall, we received a positive response to the revised statutory guidance and to our proposals on how we support and intervene in schools that require further support to comply. This includes 83% agreeing that the statutory guidance is clear and easy to understand.

We also received good support for the use of peer and expert reviews to strengthen the quality assurance of careers guidance in schools and colleges.

We did

Following careful considerations of responses to this consultation, we have taken on board some suggestions to make improvements to the statutory guidance. We have reduced the length of the overall guidance by refining sections and using weblinks. We have also continued to work with The Careers & Enterprise Company to shape our support for schools and providers in line with consultation feedback.

You can read the Government’s response to the consultation in full on the Access to schools for education and training providers - GOV.UK ( webpage.


We’d like your views on proposed changes to statutory guidance for schools on access for education and training providers to year 8-13 pupils

Why your views matter

Through the Skills and Post-16 Education Act 2022, we are strengthening the statutory requirement for schools to provide opportunities for providers of technical education and apprenticeships to talk to year 8-13 pupils to discuss their education and training options.

We're seeking views on proposed revisions to the statutory careers guidance that underpins this legal duty. The guidance explains:

  • the changes to the law 
  • what schools must do to comply
  • the support available to help schools to deliver high quality provider encounters for young people.


  • Teachers
  • Headteachers
  • Governors
  • School support staff
  • Training providers
  • Further education colleges
  • Sixth form colleges
  • Designated institutions and 16-19 academies
  • Unions and representative organisations
  • Universities


  • Education
  • Statutory policies and guidance
  • Careers guidance
  • Participation of young people in education, employment and training
  • Equality
  • HE
  • Apprenticeships
  • Work based training