Businesses in England are being urged by the government to create a post-Brexit “army of skilled young people”.

Education Secretary Justine Greening is set to call for firms to back the government’s attempts to overhaul technical training for teenagers.

From next April, £50m is being made available to fund work placements and £15m to help improve further education.

There will also be a Department for Education summit with firms this autumn to start developing the new T-levels.

The £65m investment is part of the £500m for technical education announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond in the Budget in March.

In a speech at the British Chambers of Commerce education summit on Thursday, Ms Greening is expected to say: “I want to create an army of skilled young people for British business. But I need your help. Government can’t do it alone.

“Because that’s what we need, never more than now – a skills revolution for Brexit Britain. That’s the real strategy on migration.

“Great companies need great people. And my department has a mission to give our young people the very best start, to become those great people.”


Ms Greening is due to say that the government’s new T-levels – which will be offered alongside apprenticeships – will be the core basis of a new technical education system.

These individual qualifications will be developed with businesses and are part of a fresh attempt by ministers to give technical training the same status as academic qualifications.

Under the proposals, each T-level will fall under one of 15 career-based training routes in industries such as construction and engineering.

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“Delivering these reforms will be a challenge,” Ms Greening will tell business leaders.

“I am clear there is only one way to get this right – through a genuine partnership between business, government and education professionals. This means we need a collective plan.

“That is how we meet those challenges – head on. It’s how we build our future.”