What is the objective of higher education if it does not play a major role in addressing our country’s skills deficit?
We must rebalance Further and Higher Education, and ensure that those with most to gain from up-skilling actually get the opportunity to do so.
Of course, mistakes are made, and governments get things wrong – but there is also a duty to make sure that the good gets out into the public sphere too.
Our Party is bringing new rigour to Higher Education, but we have much more to do to win the support of young people on education policy.
That doesn’t just mean talking about it – it means putting it into practice both in Government and in how we run our own Party operations.
It continues to clear the deficit, prepare for Brexit, and back our businesses with the support they need to boost productivity.
Cutting the cost of living. Building more houses. Protecting the NHS. Developing skills. A draft of the proposals Hammond should deliver.
Another option would be for Ofsted to rate the school in question from “Outstanding” to “Inadequate” for its engagement and the breadth of its careers advice.
The Chancellor should also support life-long learning through training vouchers, and offer tax breaks for politically independent trade unions.
Targeting stamp duty and tuition fees could be less effective than technical education and the right industrial policy.
Employment, taxation, and three environment are three areas where we can show the Tory agenda is bigger than Brexit.
Conservative values underpin what it can achieve – whether in apprenticeships, manufacturing exports, jobs or contributions to good causes.
The Government must do much more to promote universities, apprenticeships and FE colleagues equally to ensure that young people get the skills they need.
It’s not just an auction of promises we can never win, but an essential way to reach out to an increasingly consumerist electorate.
In an era when it is harder for young people to buy a house, or even just to pay rent, it makes sense to direct more help to them than older people who already have one.