Labour review calls for University Technical Colleges to tackle skills gap

At least 100 more University Technical Colleges should be set up in the next six years to help tackle the skills gap, according to a new report.

In an independent review of the economy carried out for the Labour party, former education minister Lord Adonis says UTCs should be a “priority” when building new schools to help increase opportunities for technical education.

UTCs offer technical education to 14-19-year-olds, specialising in subjects where there is a shortage of skills. There are currently 17 across the country with another 33 approved.

However Lord Adonis says this is not enough: “They are a long way from having a major impact on the economy’s skills shortages,” his review says.

Eight of the 24 recommendations in the report, Mending the Fractured Economy, focus on solving the skills mismatch – the gap between what education offers and what employers want.

Lord Adonis recommends a major expansion of high-quality youth apprenticeships, including trebling the number of Stem (science, technology, engineering, maths) youth apprenticeships by 2020, as well as building stronger links between schools and employers. He recommends that every secondary school in England should appoint a full-time director of enterprise and employment.

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Some have called me a leader, and a entrepreneur, they say I have integrity, presence and skills to ensure continuous improvement and success in whatever challenges I face. They also tell me that I am positive, resilient and motivating. I say, I'm just a normaI guy from Gateshead in the North of England, who started as an apprentice engineer. I have been in the right place at the right time and in the wrong place at the wrong time! I have successfully initiated and led complex organizations and situations to completion and success, and I have been in some jobs where success seemed untouchable. Mainly though, I have tried to learn everyday, help people to progress and learn the skills they need to be successful. I have had the privilege of working with some great people locally across the UK and more recently internationally in Asia, Europe and now USA, where I am lucky enough to work for where I am head of 3aaa USA. This website is just me having an outlet to talk about all those thoughts, ideas and things I learn that pass through my head every day when I face the challenge of doing business. I will also rant on about how great apprenticeships are, and how you can help change peoples lives through them. After all thats how I got to do the great things that I have done, and also I am still an apprentice everyday! All I ask is that if you find it interesting then leave a comment and share what you read. THANK YOU.

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