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first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Thereneeds to be an increased emphasis on vocational training within schools ifskills shortages in the UK are to be tackled, reveals a report by the Instituteof Directors (IoD).Itrecommends changes be made to the secondary school system so that a propervocational pathway is developed alongside a tightened-up academic route intohigher education.Itproposes that the current target for 50 per cent of young people to go on tohigher education is scrapped, with more effort being put into developing andpromoting post-school vocational training. Reportauthor Ruth Lea, head of the IoD’s policy unit, said structural changes must beintroduced to the way education is delivered in this country if the cashinjection for education, announced in the Government’s comprehensive spendingreview, is to deliver results.”Thereneeds to be major changes to schools. The current one-size-fits-allGCSE/A-level straightjacket fails too many children and we should be looking tocountries such as the Netherlands and Germany in order to develop propervocational courses,” she said.Leabelieves the present objective to send as many young people as possible intohigher education undermines vocational training by making it appear ‘secondbest’. Sheadded: “This helps no-one, least of all many students who studyinappropriate courses, and continues to put us at a disadvantage in theinternational vocational skills league tables. We need more plumbers and fewermedia studies graduates.”Thereport also calls for less governmental interference and for successful schoolsto be able to have more autonomy.www.iod.com IoD calls for schools to prioritise vocational skillsOn 6 Aug 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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