Defending Apprenticeships in Government

Photograph: Fiona Hanson/PA

Shadow education secretary Stephen Twigg has defended apprenticeships as something to be viewed on par with University degrees, and that parents should be ‘as proud of their children for securing a top apprenticeship as for winning a place at university’.

Twigg, who has only been in this role for a month, admitted that the Labour Government had not done enough for those not suited to University education– which, as we know, probably accounts for the over suscribed places to Universities by students that are perhaps more suited to vocational courses, and yet have not had sufficient encouragement or resources to know so.

Perhaps the surge in university fees and abolition of the maintenance grant in higher education will encourage more young people to look towards vocational courses, but this time with a sense of pride.

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