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A summary of highlights of the Labour party’s pledges about education, apprenticeships and careers advice should it win the general election on 7 May.

  • One of the key pledges for the Labour party involves introducing “an independent system for careers advice” which offers young people personalised face-to-face guidance into university and apprenticeships
  • Labour have pledges to re-focus existing spending away from low-level apprenticeships for older people, and towards new job entrants and young people, lasting at least two years, and providing level three qualifications or above.
  • They guarantee to every school leaver who gets the grades an apprenticeship and that the  apprenticeships can lead to higher level qualifications by creating new Technical Degrees and supporting part-time study. So that young people can specialise at degree level to get training for their chosen career.
  • Labour will cut tuition fees from £9,000 to £6,000 a year, funded by restricting tax relief on pension contributions for the highest earners and clamping down on tax avoidance.
  • They will replace out of work benefits for 18 to 21-year-olds with a new Youth Allowance dependent on the young people being in training

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