4 February 2019
Andrew Bridgen calls for more support for students from disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue further education

Andrew Bridgen calls for more support for students from disadvantaged backgrounds to remove the barriers to their participation in further education.

Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con)

Will the Minister outline to the House what support is available, and will be made available, for students from disadvantaged backgrounds to remove the barriers to their participation in further education?

Anne Milton

We have a pilot project running in five areas across the country specifically to target young people in disadvantaged areas who might be less willing to take up an apprenticeship, particularly in sectors they would not traditionally look at. We have £500 million of disadvantaged funding in the sector and £127 million of discretionary bursary funding, and there are other projects focusing particularly on apprenticeships to encourage young people who might not have thought of them as an option.

Hansard