Commenting on education secretary Damian Hinds’ first speech since taking office, businesswoman and former Apprentice winner, Michelle Dewberry, says the current education system has to change to prepare young people for the fast-changing workplace.

Michelle is a strong supporter of the University Technical College programme, which has established 49 employer-backed schools championed by industry leaders including Rolls-Royce, Siemens, Jaguar Land Rover and Microsoft. She says:

“While I agree with the Education Secretary’s concerns about schools facing a digital challenge, I’d urge him to consider real changes that we can make now to better prepare young people for the future of employment.”

“Research commissioned by University Technical Colleges reveals that 8 out of 10 (80%) parents believe that the current education system needs to change – with a further two thirds fearing their child will not find a job when they leave education.

“With technology changing UK businesses at a rapid rate, it is more important than ever to engage employers to in the type of skills they look for now and for jobs of the future. The school system failed me but my apprenticeship was the making of me – and I believe that we should acknowledge the need to cater for different interests and abilities.

“More than 450 employers support UTCs as well as scores of small and medium sized businesses. Together with nearly 50 universities they contribute their knowledge as well as offering opportunities to experience the world of work.”