‘This report is absolutely right that the disparity in status between vocational and academic education exacerbates the nation’s skills gap. The lack of high quality technical and professional education in this country is a major barrier to competitiveness, economic growth and social mobility. The absence of careers guidance in schools leaves young people at best ill-informed about what is on offer, or at worst told that technical education is only for those who cannot succeed in the academic route.
Further Education has faced funding cuts over a number of years. The government needs to take immediate steps to invest in Further Education on a par with schools, and put in place a comprehensive careers guidance strategy so young people are fully aware of the rewarding careers a technical or professional education path can offer.’
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