Step 5

Ensure that the technical, practical and vocational education and qualifications offered in schools, FE and HE are high quality and recognised by employers

Policy: the government should encourage, support and fund rigorous technical, practical and vocational education at every stage - schools, colleges, universities and work-based learning. This should include flagship institutions focusing on specific disciplines.

Practice: all initial teacher training programmes should include the theory and practice of learning by doing. Technical and vocational subjects should be taught by people with workplace experience, using high-quality equipment, materials and facilities - this means encouraging more people to train as teachers after careers in other sectors.

Perception: employers say some young people are not well prepared for the world of work, and that qualifications don't meet their needs. Employers should therefore be involved in qualification and course design at every level - schools, further and higher education and apprenticeships.

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