ED Miliband will today reveal Labour plans for a second “gold standard” qualification that will focus on technical skills.

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The new qualification would be called the Technical Baccalaureate or “Tech Bacc” and would be be aimed at the “forgotten 50 per cent” of young people who do not go to university.

In his speech to Labour’s annual conference in Manchester, Mr Miliband will say: “I want ours to be a country where kids aspire not just to go to Oxford and Cambridge but to excellent technical colleges and elite vocational institutions.”

Children will start working toward the Tech Bach aged 14, completing it at 18. English and maths would form a key part of the programme with pupils required to get the equivalent of a C grade GCSE.

They would also undertake work experience and move into a placement after study has finished. To facilitate this Mr Miliabnd will also announce plans to hand over the government’s entire £1 billion apprenticeship budget to businesses.

This will allow the private sector to tailor training for the skills they need from young people once they get to the work placement, he will say.

3 comments

  • Another party political game show, but for whom? Those that don't vote and are fed up with such false suggestive propaganda? Or is it designed to raise self satisfaction? How many more times do they think they can pull the wool over our eyes?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • Another U turn by Labour or Plan A hasn`t work so let`s try plan B. Their Education, Education, Education policy to have 50% or more of school leavers going to university has back fired quite dramatically. Mickey mouse degrees abound everywhere. They have finally woken up to the fact that not everyone is an academic and for society to work we need people who can lay bricks, plumb our houses etc etc. as well as the brightest and best going forward into the world of academia. But isn`t this what the Coalition is doing anyway. It seems to me Labour are just re announcing what the Coalition are doing full stop. No new policies of their own.

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    BG

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • Oh Milhouse and his attempts to get noticed. Before handing over a huge sum of money to businesses for apprenticeship schemes someone has to make sure that only legitimate businesses are accepted and that they all have accountable systems in place for training apprentices properly, since old accredited apprenticeship schemes seem to have disappeared. Otherwise our money will disappear into the same money pits as opened up by the multitude of dodgy and useless training agencies which Labour allowed to prosper on the misery of the unemployed.

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

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