Modularised courses could help to prepare learners for work in growth sectors whilst reversing decline in strategic industries.
There is a lot of rhetoric about boosting vocational training, but we need to do more to deliver it in practice.
From my experience, the days of photocopying and making coffee in a seedy office are over. Being an intern is a chance to learn.
Powers over transport and infrastructure will help us shape the places of the future. Devolved skills budgets will get the support young people need.
It now needs to get real. This is clearly the plan in the next few months, starting with the Queen’s Speech tomorrow, leading to the Levelling Up paper.
“What will drive levelling up is not necessarily about roads and bridges but getting people ready for the industries of the future.”
What normalisation should mean is the return to a functioning market economy where our wants and needs are met in today’s circumstances.
The restriction on the number of apprentices small businesses can take on should be lifted. FE colleges should boost entrepreneurship.
The Apprenticeship Levy is not working. Greater flexibility is needed so employers boost spending on high-quality training.
The Government must spare no effort to deliver dignified work, up-to-date infrastructure, and state-of-the-art training to these long-neglected communities.