Vocational and technical education are key to changing lives, and hold the potential to change people’s votes, too. They should dominate the Government’s attention.
She will, today, talk of “identify[ing] ways to help young people make more effective choices when they leave school”. This could be promising.
Hammond’s plan – from abolishing Stamp Duty for most first-time buyers, through to reforms to help Universal Credit recipients.
Cutting the cost of living. Building more houses. Protecting the NHS. Developing skills. A draft of the proposals Hammond should deliver.
Divert funds from easing tuition fees into funding Further Education; sensible railway investment in the North; and refocus devolution on cities.
The second in a three-part series of contributions from the ‘New Blue Book’.
The Government must do much more to promote universities, apprenticeships and FE colleagues equally to ensure that young people get the skills they need.
The second part of a ConHome mini-series on the future of technical education after this general election.
This fourth piece of our mini-series on what should be in the manifesto argues she must build a fair market for all.
The foundation level papers fail to test fundamental skills.
We need higher skill apprenticeships, a maths requirement at 16-19, and the GCSE level of English and maths to be a prerequisite for Further and Higher Education.
We are often poor at commercialising technology. Doing so requires scale, which in turn means we need large numbers of qualified people.
Too many young people are taking on heavy debts for degrees that aren’t worth it. Building links with the job market will help tackle both of those problems.
Our universities churn out more graduates than is useful whilst necessary skills are under-supplied by the neglected vocational alternative.
We also call on the Government to extend the student loan system – to support those students who want to pursue a technical route, not just an academic one.