Nick Boles, skills minister in the UK, has unveiled a new plan for post-16 education.
The plan is based on 15 routes into technical education in order to “harness the nation’s talent”.
Under the new post-16 skills plan 16-year-olds will have to choose between 15 high-quality routes.
That’s a big change from the 20,000 they are currently faced with.
Despite having so many different courses to choose from, the report argues young people have no clear indication of which course will give the best chance of a job.
Young people will now have to decide between academic options and technical ones aimed at a set of skilled occupations, with standards being set by employers.
Each course will be offered by a single course provider – the winner of an exclusive license in a competitive process.
The report, conducted by Lord Sainsbury, found that the current system is confusing and failing to deliver the skills required by the country’s employers.
The belief is that this is having “significant implications for the UK’s productivity, economy and competitiveness.”
The announcement that the first routes will be made available from 2019 has been dismissed as “wildly optimistic”.
A quote from Skills Minister – Nick Boles
“Britain has all the ingredients needed to compete with other skilled nations, but we must create a technical education system that can harness that talent.
This cannot be the government’s job alone; we must work with employers and post-16 providers to unlock the potential in this country.
“The skills plan is the next step towards that goal, building on the progress we have already made by investing in apprenticeships, and creating a skilled workforce that is the envy of every other nation.
This won’t just help our young people get the best jobs but it will also boost our economy, benefitting us all.”