The government has finally announced its “Post-16 skills plan” that changes the way that technical education is delivered in the UK, following the inquiry by former Labour minister Lord Sainsbury. He found the current technical education system to be confusing and unclear, to students and business alike. Why are we not surprised by this?
Mark Scott, Director of Futureworks (Yorkshire) says:
“We have lagged behind some of our European partners on this issue for too long. Why have we not created a more flexible and interchangeable system before? We have had the opportunity many times. All we have done is perpetuate a two tier system which has not recognised the true quality of technical apprenticeships or the hard work and ability of apprentices.
“Technical vocational education has been the cornerstone of workforce planning in many industries, such as construction and engineering, for decades and finally true equivalence of academic standing is within reach. Universities need to embrace this and ensure entry does not require additional unnecessary hurdles. Watch this space to see if the theory becomes reality.”
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