Perception is everything. The best apprenticeship system will never succeed if we cannot make young people and parents recognise the value of a technical or vocational route
Much has been made in the last several years of getting industry more engaged with education. Major government reports on technical education, adjustments to the rules around degree-awarding powers, changes to the apprenticeship system, and the drive to develop new T-Levels should be a positive sign for the construction industry.
A renewed recognition of the importance of the technical as complementary, rather than secondary, to the academic should be seen as emblematic of an approach to education and economic development for the future. But these steps forward have limited impact while employer uncertainty around qualifications remains and perceptions about a career in construction endure.
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