Vocational education, education, education is one of the new best solutions for both Conservative and Labour parties in the lead-up to the next election. Intermediate skills for middle-skilled occupations are expected to address the needs of employers, and overcome unemployment and under-employment, particularly amongst young people, where the unemployment rate remains close to 20%. It may seem strange to suggest that vocational education and training is the solution to achieving these skills for the Coalition Government, in the light of Alison Wolf’s very public vilification of vocational qualifications used in schools. But there is a quiet revolution taking place in 14-19 education, which has created dedicated vocational routes from the age of 14. Continue reading Can renewed interest in vocational education and training lead to its revitalisation?
Many of the policy proposals of One Nation Labour echo those of the Coalition, in terms of vocational education and training there are also continuities between the Coalition and the policy proposals of One Nation Labour. Here I point to a number of significant similarities. Clearly policies will be marked by differing nuances but there are a number of overlapping themes. The need to re-balance the economy and to reinvigorate the ‘productive’ economy has resulted in a call to reform vocational qualifications allied to the need to enhance their standing – in this instance Wolf’s 2011 report has been important. Continue reading One Nation Labour the Coalition and Vocational Education and Training