Higher Technical Education Reform

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:58 pm on 8th July 2019.

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Photo of Adrian Bailey Adrian Bailey Labour/Co-operative, West Bromwich West 4:58 pm, 8th July 2019

The Minister acknowledged that take-up of higher technical qualifications is lower in this country compared with our international competitors. I commend him for the statement and its curriculum objectives, but would he acknowledge that the low take-up is not just a result of the curriculum but is about a deep-seated cultural resistance to young people going into technical education? It needs buy-in from parents, teachers and the careers service, and the capacity of further education to deliver. Will he undertake to ensure that those issues are addressed as well?