The TES is reporting that David Cameron has said the government wants to see “almost everybody” embark on either an apprenticeship or a university degree.
Addressing the annual conference of the CBI this morning, Mr Cameron said he was keen to see “fewer and fewer” 18-year-olds not becoming an apprentice or progressing to higher education. This follows the announcement by skills minister Nick Boles last week that the government was to instigate an overhaul of technical and professional education, with a view to producing clearer progression routes from school to high-level qualifications.
The Prime Minister’s comments come amid concerns about the future of non-apprenticeship provision within the further education sector. The speech comes just two weeks ahead of the government’s spending review, which is widely expected to include significant funding cuts to the non-apprenticeship FE budget…
Speaking this morning, Mr Cameron told the conference at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London: “At the end of the day, though, we want to see fewer and fewer 18-year-olds leaving school without taking either path. If we’re going to compete in a global economy, then we need to make sure that our young people are more highly skilled, more highly trained than our competitors. So either apprenticeships or universities for almost everybody.”
Labour once had the aspiration of getting 50% of young people in higher education and now David Cameron is pushing for every young person to go either to university or onto an apprenticeship.
I guess the issue is that there are apprenticeships and apprenticeships – with huge differences in levels and quality.
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