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Wolf report on vocational education gets government backing

13 May 2011

Yesterday the Government published its response to professor Wolf’s report on vocational education. The Government has endorsed all of Professor Wolf’s recommendations and has committed to ensuring that every student studies only the best vocational qualifications to ensure that they can progress into either higher education or employment.

The Government have also pledged its commitment to the creation of further University Technical Colleges (UTC), something which has been welcomed by Lord Baker who has been the champion of growth in this area for some time.

UTCs are unique in that they offer full-time technically-orientated courses for 14-19 year olds. They are designed to provide opportunities for young people to integrate academic study with practical learning, studying core GCSEs alongside technical qualifications. UTCs are therefore now clearly viewed by the Government as the vehicle through which vocational education can deliver clear progression into higher education or further learning in work.

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