Education secretary announces plans for vocational training

Sep 30, 2019 by

Gavin Williamson says technical courses could become more popular than university

Vocational and technical training could become more popular than going to university, according to education secretary Gavin Williamson as he prepares to announce £120m in extra funding for a new wave of specialist institutes.

Williamson will tell the Conservative party conference on Monday of plans to launch a further eight institutes of technology – a collaboration between further education (FE) colleges, universities and employers to offer higher level technical training – joining the 12 opening this year to rival higher education as an option for students.

“When we have implemented all the reforms in this sector, one of the great challenges is that people may see this route in higher demand than a conventional university route. That’s what you’ve seen in Singapore and we should have the same level of ambition in this country,” Williamson told the Guardian.

“I’m seeing evidence of it when I speak to young people, they are switching on to the fact that there are different options that are just as attractive as university.”

The education secretary will also announce new efforts to start specialist maths colleges for sixth formers, opening at least one in every region, following the success of the Exeter and King’s College London maths schools.

Williamson told the Guardian that the new institutes of technology (IoTs) were intended to end the sector’s image as a poor relation. They come on top of an additional £400m in funding for FE and sixth-form colleges announced at the end of last month.

Source: Education secretary announces plans for vocational training | Education | The Guardian

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