Provider Access Legislation

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NEW Provider Access Legislation now in force as of January 2023

A new law has now come into force which will change an important area of the work we do together to support young people.

The Skills and Post-16 Education Act 2022 sets out new requirements on the number and types of encounters schools will need to deliver for their pupils with providers of technical education or apprenticeships.

The Provider Access Legislation specifies schools must provide at least six encounters for all their students – two in Years 8 and 9, two in Years 10 and 11 (all pupils in these year groups will be expected to access these encounters) and two in Years 12 and 13 (encounters need to be made available to all students in these year groups).

Improving pupils’ knowledge of Apprenticeships and Technical Education pathways alongside other learning pathways is key to supporting young people find their best next step. Much good work has been and is being done across the country and also here in Birmingham. Our data tells us that between 76-100% of learners in 94% of Birmingham schools had received information about the full range of apprenticeships

The Provider Access Legislation (PAL) will be a key mechanism to further help learners understand and take-up, not just apprenticeships, but wider technical education options such as T-Levels and Higher Technical Qualifications. Birmingham Careers Hub are working with their partners and stakeholders to support schools and providers to meet and evidence this updated requirement. 

With the introduction of enhanced provider access requirements for schools it will be necessary for providers to be able to highlight specific instances where they feel schools are not complying with the new requirements.

To do this, providers should fill out the online form here. For more general queries or support write to

Further Information and resources:

statutory guidance

Planning meaningful encounters – guide for providers

Useful Links




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