Provider access legislation comes into force in January. Carl Ward and Oli de Botton explain why these new requirements are an opportunity to work in the best interests of all young people

The new provider access legislation (PAL) presents a significant opportunity to boost careers education and help young people find their next steps (DfE, 2022).

The changes, which come into force this January, seek to ensure organisations delivering apprenticeships and technical routes can speak directly to all secondary aged children about their offers.

Some may of course see this as burdensome – one more thing on top of many others. But there is something important at stake here. Our collective ambition to achieve parity of esteem between academic and technical pathways is one of the ways we can build a system that includes all young people.

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