Vocational Education

Retaining Top-Level Talent: Do Our Young People Have the Industry Support They Need to Strive for Oxbridge?

Scott Waddington | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Scott Waddington

A report out this summer revealed that only 19.5% of Welsh applications to Oxford and Cambridge were successful during the 2011-12 admissions cycle, compared to a success rate of 25% for England and Northern Ireland... Welsh industry most certainly does require that top level expertise if it is to continue to thrive.

Too Clever for an Apprenticeship?

Jan Hodges | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jan Hodges

It is an age old stereotype that vocational learning is a last resort for those who have failed academically, a 'plan b' for when exams go wrong and options are limited. As with all stereotypes it is oversimplified and damaging. Putting people in boxes, labelling them one thing or the other is wrong and calling a child 'too clever' for vocational education is no exception.

It's Stupid to Think You're Too Clever for Apprenticeships

Chris Jones | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

The bottom line is, vocational education which is stretching, rigorous and based on employers' needs is extremely valuable. I know that. Employers know that. Let's get the message out there.

What the UK Could Learn From Obama

Chris Jones | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Jones

President Obama recently gave the much-anticipated State of the Union address. It was encouraging to hear that we actually have similar views on education.

Your Future Doesn't Depend on UCAS

Chris Jones | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

It's that time of year again when thousands of young people put the final touches on their UCAS applications, hold their breath and hit 'send'. Then they anxiously wait for weeks until their 'life-altering' results come through. My son went through this process last year. I'll never forget his panicked face as he said, 'What if I don't get any offers?'

Ten Reasons to Undertake an Apprenticeship

Lizzie Moffatt | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Lizzie Moffatt

Many young adults are returning to school after a long summer and preparing for their final year. They are naturally concerned about their forthcoming exams and already considering which university they would like to attend. Very few of those young adults will be considering an apprenticeship...

Vocational Degrees Come of Age

Anne Whitehouse | Posted 02.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Anne Whitehouse

When you're choosing a university and a degree course, how do you decide between the myriad of courses available and ensure that you're giving yourself the best start when it comes to finding a job once you've graduated?

Introducing the IAC - The Voice of Industry Apprentices

Ann Watson | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Ann Watson

The IAC is giving learners something they have not had before - a national voice. The changing landscape of apprenticeships in this country, as Government endeavours to secure the vocational route as a central pathway into fulfilling careers, requires input from those who will be affected - the apprentices themselves.

A Clash of Nations in Germany - WorldSkills Leipzig 2013

Ann Watson | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Ann Watson

The world celebrates vocational qualifications this week. A thousand of the brightest and best from around the planet have gathered in Leipzig, Germany, to battle it out to be crowned the "Best in the World" at their chosen profession.

Today's Apprenticeships Not Working For Disaffected Youth

Graham Duxbury | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Graham Duxbury

The tone of the week's announcements responded to the conclusions of a major review of the system undertaken over the last year. This concluded that apprenticeships need to be bigger and better, worn as a badge of honour and positioned as the preferred route to achieving aspirational career goals.

The Industry Apprentice Council: it's time to make a change

Lizzie Moffatt | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Lizzie Moffatt

Throughout my time in education, apprenticeships were perceived to be for people who were not academic or motivated enough to go to university; they were and still are perceived to be second rate.

If the Government's Work Programme Is Not Working - Then What Will?

Lottie Dexter | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Lottie Dexter

Latest results show that the government's flagship back-to-work scheme is not working. At least not yet. But as more young people are locked out of the job market, we need to start looking at other ways to help.

We Must be Ambitious for All Our Young People

Stephen Twigg | Posted 28.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Stephen Twigg

Even in the Prime Minister's own backyard of Oxfordshire, there are too many coasting schools. We need to learn from success stories like Wigan and Darlington to understand why other areas, like Derby and Doncaster, are less successful.

It's Time to Keep Vocational Working in the Spotlight

Fiona McBride | Posted 08.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Fiona McBride

The idea of only awarding substantial public sector contracts to those companies that agree to train a significant number of the next generation of Apprenticeships is one that we fully endorse. Although this did not get through the last parliament, it is encouraging that this is now part of Labour party policy.

Forget One Nation Labour, Vocational Education Was the Star of Miliband's Conference Speech

Rachael Toon | Posted 03.12.2012 | UK Politics
Rachael Toon

Although the 'One Nation' philosophy which flowed through the speech was undoubtedly important, another significant vein ran through Miliband's speech; education and training.

Kicked Out of School At 14, Aissa Searches for Job Opportunities

Terry Ally | Posted 03.11.2012 | UK
Terry Ally

Her family is badly affected by the Sahel Food Crisis and her father has gone to Lagos, Nigeria, in search of work after successive years of crop failures. Aissa knows all about poverty and her chances of lifting herself from it were dashed last year when she was forced to leave school.

Education: A Silo, Entire of Itself

Brian John Spencer | Posted 25.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Brian John Spencer

How can young people be real world literate and know what career they want if all they've ever known is the class room? Often they've never had contact with any industry professionals or set foot in an office, workshop or business environment.

Cameron's Vow To Tackle Apprenticeship 'Snobbery'

PA | Posted 20.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education

David Cameron has vowed to tackle "snobbery" against vocational education and make apprenticeships an attractive and rewarding alternative to universi...

'Satisfactory' Has No Place in Schools

Sachin Patel | Posted 08.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Sachin Patel

It is right that schools are competitive environments because a school is a microcosm of real society. A debating tournament is not won by the fastest or the strongest or the man who grafts.