Education secretary announces plans for vocational training

Gavin Williamson will tell the Conservative party conference on Monday of plans to launch a further eight institutes of technology – a collaboration between further education (FE) colleges, universities and employers to offer higher level technical training – joining the 12 opening this year to rival higher education as an option for students. The Guardian.

“When we have implemented all the reforms in this sector, one of the great challenges is that people may see this route in higher demand than a conventional university route. That’s what you’ve seen in Singapore and we should have the same level of ambition in this country,” Williamson told the Guardian.

“Ultimately I want to see all the regions in this country have a specialist maths school, I want every big city to have at least one great institute of technology that can act as a focus to drive forward technical and vocational qualifications, working closely with industry and higher education institutions,” said Williamson.

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  1. Paul Bloor

    The idea of investing in technology institutes is wonderful but I’ve worked in both FE and schools and found far more excellent learning environments in colleges than in mainstream schools- which troubles me. I’m a huge supporter of technical and vocational education but my plea goes out on behalf of mainstream schools who operate in conditions that fail to inspire and motivate- there are too many of them out there. They too need investment in capital build projects and we should remember that this is where ambition in our children begins and poor learning conditions stifle ambition and limit outlook.

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