vocational education

UK firms demand shake-up of ‘inflexible’ apprenticeship system | Education

Business leaders are demanding a shake-up of the UK apprenticeship system, after official figures suggest the government will miss its target for new apprentices. As National Apprenticeship Week gets underway on Monday, business groups are calling for changes to the system to give small businesses desperately-needed funding so they can take on and train more apprentices. Small firms play a critical role, as they offer nine out of 10 apprenticeships for 16- to 24-year-olds, according to the Federation of Small…

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How I found my vocation: ‘My upbringing in care helps me as a social worker’ | Education

I was seven when I went into foster care. Social services were going to remove us anyway, but one day my mum just took me and my siblings to the council offices and left us; she told us we were going on holiday. We went to an emergency place for a week and then my older sister and I went to live with Janet and Robert, who ended up being my foster carers until I went to uni. My younger…

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Schools should brace for five years of upheaval from a triumphant party with Gove at its heart | Melissa Benn | Education

The election campaign is now in a bygone decade but we are still not much clearer about what the Tories have in store for education over the next five years. The relevant section of the Conservative manifesto was, at just 646 words, deliberately vague, and seemed oriented towards perceived Labour policy weaknesses – on Ofsted and discipline – rather than on any real plans for education. Not a word on the future use of the pupil premium, nor the burden…

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Young people more sceptical of need to go to university, poll finds | Education

Young people in Britain are increasingly sceptical of the need to go to university and are more aware of apprenticeships, according to polling, as a record proportion of school-leavers await their A-level results. More than 300,000 sixth formers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland will find out the results of their summer exams on Thursday and in many cases use the grades to gain places on undergraduate courses. But only two-thirds of young people rate a university education as important,…

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Millions spent on ‘fake’ apprenticeships, says report | Education

Hundreds of millions of pounds are being spent on “fake apprenticeships” that are just relabelled degrees or training courses, according to a report by a thinktank which says employers are abusing the current system. Since 2017 large companies have been forced to set aside the equivalent of 0.5% of their payroll to fund apprenticeships. But according to Tom Richmond, the author of a report for the EDSK thinktank, many are instead using the funds for existing professional development courses. “Despite…

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A New Generation of Career Education for The 21st Century – Education Article

As a boy, Kody Richards had a collection of matchbox cars numbering close to 100,000—a sure sign of things to come. As he grew up, he started working in his family’s snow plowing business, maintaining their temperamental truck to keep it lumbering through the snowy roads. Now, the 18-year-old makes sure his 1988Jeep is humming like new. Richards is a student in the automotive technology program at Edison Academy—a career and technical education program adjoining Thomas Edison High School in…

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How I found my vocation: ‘After prison, studying made me feel normal’ | Education

When I was 18, I was convicted of a violent crime. It happened after a mental breakdown and it was the first time I’d ever been in trouble with the police. In total, I spent 18 months in custody. Before that, I had been studying for A-levels in chemistry, history and philosophy. I’d always been academic and loved history, and I suppose I thought I’d end up studying a humanities subject. Instead I felt like I was never going to…

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How I found my vocation: ‘My stammer made me a better teacher’ | Education

I knew I wanted to teach from the age of 15 but feared my stammer would stop me. One teacher even told me I should consider a different career because children wouldn’t understand me. I now know he was wrong. I’ve had a stammer since I was 14 and it has given me many obstacles to overcome. In primary school I was mocked and other children would sometimes imitate me. As a result, I refused to put my hand up…

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How I found my vocation: ‘I was told I wasn’t intelligent enough to study’ | Education

I always wanted to study law, but as a teenager I was told I wasn’t smart enough. That put me off for years. I grew up in west London in a working-class, single-parent family. My mother, who was a chauffeur, had my sister when I was 13; it was a difficult birth and she was in intensive care for a long time. She also suffered from postnatal depression, so I spent a lot of time caring for my baby sister…

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Populism has no place in education – so stop bashing Germans and private schools | Laura McInerney | Education

We live in complicated times. Prorogations. Constitutional crises. It is not surprising, therefore, that the government wants to talk to the public about simple things that “make sense”. Unfortunately, the education policies of the two main(ish) political parties may be feeding the anxious political climate. Take the battle cry of the education secretary, Gavin Williamson, who has set a target that vocational education in Britain will “overtake Germany” in the next decade. It is not clear what he means, but…

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How I found my vocation: ‘As a black, deaf student, I work 10 times harder’ | Education

I feel like I’ve got two identities: being deaf and being black. It’s a double struggle to fit in and I’ve had to work 10 times harder than my classmates. [A recent report from the National Deaf Children’s Society, which analysed government data, found deaf pupils in England are struggling “at every stage of their education”.] I was born hearing but became ill with meningitis when I was a baby. After that I became deaf. I grew up in Barking…

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Education secretary announces plans for vocational training | Education

Vocational and technical training could become more popular than going to university, according to education secretary Gavin Williamson as he prepares to announce £120m in extra funding for a new wave of specialist institutes. 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…

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DfE to unveil new category of higher technical qualifications | Education

The education secretary, Damian Hinds, has said he wants to overcome the snobbery of middle-class parents towards studying advanced technical qualifications, as the government unveils a seal of approval designed to improve the status and visibility of such courses. The Department for Education is to announce a new category of higher technical qualifications (HTQs) as a quality assurance mark for courses such as digital engineering, to cut through the profusion of certificates, diplomas and foundation degrees on offer for school-leavers.…

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The Tangled Web: The High School Diploma, College and Career Readiness Standards and Career and Technical Education – Top Performers – Education Article

A growing number of states are working toward setting standards for college and career readiness.  In many of those states, the argument is being made that because all students should leave high school ready for college or career, the high school diploma should be set to the new college and career standard, and no one should get a diploma in the future who does not meet that standard. At the same time, there is renewed interest in many states in…

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