Edge welcomes National Colleges

11th December 2014

The government has given the go-ahead to four new National Colleges, which will provide high-level courses in Advanced Manufacturing, Digital Skills, Wind Energy and technical skills for the Creative and Cultural Industries.

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Nicky Morgan announces a new careers and enterprise company

10th December 2014

The Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan, has announced that a new company will improve careers information for young people by connecting schools and colleges with employers.

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House of Commons' News

  • Nicky Morgan MP, the Education Secretary has described UTCs as “an important part of [the government’s] education plan to ensure that young people leave school well educated" and "well prepared for careers such as those in engineering." This was in response to a question in the House of Commons by Gareth Johnson MP for Dartford, who had said the Leigh UTC in his own constituency was "a fantastic innovation."
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  • The contribution of UTCs in driving forward the economy were cited by Richard Harrington, MP (Cons) for Watford and Neil Carmichael, MP (Cons) for Stroud during a debate on the economy in the House of Commons. Mr Harrington talked about the UTC in his own constituency contributing to the local tourism and events management sector. Mr Carmichael argued that the skills now sought by employers, particularly across manufacturing, ‘are very high tech.’
    See Hansard link for full debate
  • Nick Boles, the Skills Minister, yesterday announced that there are ‘many’ UTCs in the pipeline. Speaking in the House of Commons, in reply to a question from Gordon Birtwistle, MP for Burnley, the Minister also described the Burnley UTC as ‘absolutely a jewel in the crown’.
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  • Recently appointed junior education minister, Sam Gyimah MP has given his backing to work-related learning in helping young people to be better prepared for employment. Speaking at Education Questions yesterday (Monday, July 21, 2014), he added they “develop the skills that employers say are important".
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  • MPs debated MPs yesterday debated technical and vocational education, when the impact of UTCs and Studio Schools formed a large part of the debate. Edge wishes to thank Stephen Twigg MP for his kind recognition of our role in bringing a “cultural change in our attitudes to vocational education”.
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House of Lords' News

  • The House of Lords has discussed alternative routes open to young people other than going to university. Edge's Chairman, Lord Baker, spoke in the debate about the role of UTCs, Career Colleges and apprenticeships.
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  • Education minister Lord Nash had said revised guidance on careers advice and guidance clearly states that schools should act impartially and recognise that some students would be better suited to educational training beyond schools and that they should give other providers the opportunity to inform pupils about the offer. He was responding to a question asking whether the Government have any plans to change the current system of careers advice for young people in schools.
    See Handard link for the full debate
  • Introducing a debate on social mobility, Minister Lord Nash said, to compete in a global market ‘we need to see practical, technical and vocational training integrated and as rigorous as academic learning’.
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  • Peers have debated the approach taken by Germany and Austria in promoting vocational education, and what lessons could be drawn for the United Kingdom and UK competitiveness. Baroness Neville-Rolfe said the German system produced ‘better educational outcomes and a larger, better pool of talent that can be apprenticed to German business, which is very actively involved.’ In response, the Minister, Lord Nash cited UTCs and studio schools ‘of which we have now approved almost 100, are modelled closely on the success of German technical schools, as are our higher apprenticeships.’
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  • Speaking during a debate on the contribution of Education to Economic Growth, Lord Baker discusses the role of UTCs in tackling the skills gap. He also quoted a letter from a pupil at the Central Bedfordshire UTC who wrote: “after (underachieving) failing my first year at a standard sixth form, I made the best decision of my life and started fresh at UTC”.
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