Responding to research published today (22 April) by the Social Market Foundation, Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann OBE, Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK said:

“It is really encouraging to see the results of the polling by the Social Market Foundation which confirmed that more people (48%) would prefer their child to get a vocational qualification after leaving school instead of attending university (37%).

“These findings very much chime with our research which showed that the majority of people (71%) believe that access to high-quality skills, apprenticeships and vocational education will be a vital part of the UK’s economy and a further 68% saying that they believe the Government should make skills, apprenticeships and vocational education a top priority.

“Helping more young people and parents make informed choices about the best training routes to take after school will rely on us on making technical education and apprenticeships synonymous with high quality, prestige and success. That is why we are working with partners on international benchmarking to mainstream global best practice in teaching and training in college courses and apprenticeships across the UK.”

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