John Hayes MP is the Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning. Click here to read his recent speech on this topic to the Royal Society of Arts.
Practical learning has long been regarded by the educational establishment as a distant second to academic study. The degree brand retains an aura of intellectual and social exclusivity but the same can be said of few practical qualifications.
In part, this is due to the alarming frequency with which many such qualifications have come and gone. In recent times, we have seen the creation of new qualifications that initially seem useful but too often prove to be anything but when a youngster swaps school for the workplace.
But I refuse to believe that Britain is doomed to dwindle into a race of pseudo-celebrities and merchant bankers. On the contrary, I believe that it is British manufacturing, and the practical skills that underpin it, that must lead us into renewed economic growth. We must intensify our efforts to re-establish apprenticeships as the primary form of practical training.
This Government will create more apprenticeships than modern Britain has ever seen – a rise of 75,000 during this Parliament – and not just in the traditional craft sectors but in the new crafts too, such as advanced engineering; IT; the creative industries; and financial services. Read post in full on ConservativeHome by clicking here.