A wide ranging series of six policy steps which aim to raise the status of technical, practical and vocational learning in the UK

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Ros Lucas

Sounds fantastic, but without a consistent programme of planning based on research, knowledge and understanding of the variety of options and job roles available in the various sectors of industry, informed future choices will not be possible. Listening to Alison Wolf at a recent Education and Employers Taskforce presentation, I agree with her that it is from the age of 14 and Edge, that we should try to ensure that all youngsters are given access to a variety of work places, whether this is as part of a work experience, work shadowing or voluntary work. For many students in schools, especially if we do not carry on with the same format of 7 - 11 subject exams, it will be possible to allow a day to undertake research, which can be accredited as work-related learning so that they are able to gain the knowledge and understanding, from which they are likely to make much better and more informed choices for their future. More can be said but sufficident for now..... Ros Lucas BEd MA Voc Ed & Training, now Careers/Education Consultant

John Willis

These are great principles, - shouldn't there be another one though about all young people receiving independent and comprehensive careers advice?

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