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Edge reaction to the Government's Green Paper, Building Our Industrial Strategy, published 23 January 2017

Chief Executive, Alice Barnard, commented:

‘While Edge welcomes the Government’s ambitions for technical education, we fear that unless these principles are applied earlier in the curriculum, this investment will be wasted. We hope this direction towards a parity of status between academic and technical education will be reflected in the review of the EBacc. The current proposal is a narrow academic curriculum which inevitably fails to address the needs of employers in a post-Brexit 21st century economy. 

‘If we are to create the talent pipeline which new industries and technology demand, it is vital we offer all young people the opportunity to study practical and technical subjects from aged 14, so they are developing the project management and problem-solving skills, the capacity for team work and the resilience which employers are crying out for.

‘Young people’s aspirations and futures are formed in the classroom, so high quality careers guidance and employer engagement are critical to help students make informed choices about career options and the best education pathway to help them fulfil their potential, whether that’s via professional qualifications, an apprenticeship or university.’

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