The description is misleading, and will deter young people from entering the sector. Ultimately, it will constrain the labour supply needed to build more houses.
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We have a habit of looking back at policy platforms pursued by previous Conservative Governments, and attempting to bring back popular policies like a poor Hollywood remake.
Great effort goes to attract the best school-leavers. If only the same energy went into ensuring that their graduate alumni are actually prepared for the world of work.
During this Budget run-up, many of those I met raised business rates as a killer, plus council tax, the apprenticeship levy, parking charges and corporation tax, too.
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The old, with their savings, could help the young. The economically active young could help the old, by giving them an income.
The Government must act now, or risk a generation of school leavers missing out on the opportunity to acquire technical skills.
We must change our organisation, making it more democratic, accessible for the lower paid and a place in which the most disadvantaged can feel at home.
They need time and resources spent on preparing them for employment and for life – and for their Government to adapt as quickly as they are doing.
The new Office for Students must lead in this. There must be sanctions from the new regulator for those universities who are failing in this regard.
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.