New fo­cus on fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion

Western Daily Press - - Uk&world News -

THE tar­get to send 50% of young peo­ple to univer­sity will be torn up and the Gov­ern­ment will fo­cus on build­ing a “Ger­man-style” fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, the Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary has pledged. Gavin Wil­liamson will say a re­bal­ance to­wards fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion is vi­tal for the UK’s eco­nomic re­cov­ery fol­low­ing Covid-19, adding that for decades the coun­try has “failed” to give it the in­vest­ment it de­serves.

In a speech, Mr Wil­liamson will say there are “lim­its” to what we can achieve by send­ing more peo­ple into higher ed­u­ca­tion, adding that it is “not al­ways what the in­di­vid­ual and na­tion needs”. He will say we should not seek to drive half of young peo­ple down a path that can all too of­ten end with grad­u­ates not hav­ing the skills they need to find mean­ing­ful work.

The min­is­ter will say fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion (FE), ap­pren­tice­ships and univer­sity should all be seen as equally valid routes as he will call time on the idea that higher ed­u­ca­tion is bet­ter than fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion.

In the vir­tual speech hosted by the So­cial Mar­ket Foun­da­tion, Mr Wil­liamson will make a per­sonal com­mit­ment to in­vest in long-term re­form to trans­form post-16 ed­u­ca­tion.

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