Budget 2017: What was in it for young people?


8 Mar 2017

Here’s a quick round up of what the Chancellor announced today for young people.

T Levels

Government want to create parity between academic education and technical education. T-Levels is the nickname  given  to the government’s planned overhaul of technical education. Read  more on T levels. The chancellor announced £500m investment in developing T levels for 16-19 year olds. The first pathfinders are likely to be available in September 2019 and will include a high quality work placement for each student.

Technical students aged 16-19 will also have access to student loans, like students at university.

New grammars

The government will create more selective free schools, so academically gifted pupils can benefit with funding for an extra 110 free schools, on top of 500 already announced.  Free school transport to be extended to all pupils on free school meals at a selective school.

National Living Wage increases

  • £7.50 per hour – 25 yrs old and over
  • £7.05 per hour – 21-24 yrs old
  • £5.60 per hour – 18-20 yrs old
  • £4.05 per hour – 16-17 yrs old
  • £3.50 for apprentices under 19 or 19 or over who are in the first year of apprenticeship.