The Independent is reporting that 25 “career colleges” are to be opened across the country to give teenagers a taste of the world of work from the age of 14.
The colleges are being set up by former Education Secretary Lord (Kenneth) Baker in an effort to prepare young people for practical careers – while addressing the country’s shortage of key skills. In an interview with The Independent, Lord Baker revealed a network of 25 will be opened within four years. Currently, two are up and operational.
The colleges are designed to train 14 to 19-year-olds in a range of occupational subjects including digital technology, construction, catering, engineering and health care.
“The idea is to recruit at the age of 14 people who would be interested in going into this kind of work,” he said. “This would create a pathway towards developing the skills the country so badly needs.”
The colleges are the latest focus of Lord Baker’s drive improve technical and vocational education. He has already set up 17 University Technical Colleges – new institutions offering students the opportunity to learn high quality skills in a range of industries including engineering and business skills.
Unlike UTCs, the new career colleges will be established within existing further education colleges…
Do you like the sound of these career colleges being created by Lord Baker?
In the full article Lord Baker also describes how he sees UTCs and career colleges as a way of creating “by stealth” an education system in which pupils transfer to their choice of secondary schooling at the age of 14 (as happens in a number of other European countries). Would this be a welcome development?
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