Michelle Dewberry responds to Theresa May’s Davos speech highlighting technical education as a priority for the UK
Michelle Dewberry, former Apprentice winner, 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:
“I was happy to hear the Prime Minister speak about the importance of technical education in her Davos address today. I agree that we “need to help people secure the jobs of tomorrow” and believe the current school system needs to change to better equip young people with the skills they need to obtain future 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 make sure UTCs’ education is relevant to the world of work and that UTC students benefit from profound employer engagement.”
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