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Welfare Reform on the Web (Summer 2003): Education - UK - Training

SNOBBISH ATTITUDE TO VOCATIONAL STUDIES CRITICISED

J. Kelly

Financial Times, June 19th 2003, p.5

"Pernicious snobbery" has condemned vocational studies to being seen as second best to academic ones, according to David Miliband, the Schools' Minister. Speaking at the Association of Collages conference, Mr. Miliband signalled that the Government's reform of secondary education would rank skills-based programmes alongside traditional subjects.

(See also, The Daily Telegraph, June 19th 2003, p.10)

TRAINING BY SERVICE SECTOR "OVERLOOKED"

J. Kelly

Financial Times, June 19th 2003, p.5

A Cultural "blindspot" means the contribution the service sector makes to training is not being recognised, claims Andrew Taylor, Chief Executive of McDonald's UK. Such an attitude threatens the imminent re-launch of the Government's £9bn-a-year skills and training system, he claims. He accused ministers of overlooking the achievements of the service sector in giving people "soft skills", such as communication and teamwork and said that Government should build new links between schools and companies, such as McDonald's, within the service sector.

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