NUT: Apprenticeships should be equal to academia – and should pay living wage

Commenting on the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee report into apprenticeships, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said: 

“The MPs’ report into apprenticeships is right when they say that high quality vocational training should be seen on a par with academic achievement and should be promoted within schools as such.

“The direction that Michael Gove is taking with school examination reform will not make this message easy to get across. The proposed E-Bacc will measure success based on five academic subjects with no recognition given to the arts, IT or vocational subjects. This has the potential to de-motivate many students, creating a two-tier system with vocational qualifications being perceived as second best.

“It is essential that apprenticeships are of a high standard, all of them paying at least the Living Wage and leading to meaningful work.

“Our young people are our society’s future. They have a right to jobs with proper contracts and which pay the Living Wage. We need to develop the skills of young people for the sake of our economic future and theirs”.

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