A place for apprenticeships

November 24, 2011

David Blanchflower's comments that extra university places should be created to address youth unemployment are short-sighted and naive ("No jobs, so get them on courses", 3 November).

He fails to take into account that university is not the only route to employment, and that academia is not the only form of learning. His is an outdated, blinkered view that needs to change. We should not just encourage young people to go to university to "wait out the recession" and reduce competition for jobs; we should be highlighting the benefits of alternative progression routes that lead more directly into employment - namely vocational qualifications and apprenticeships.

Employers value the skills that apprenticeships and vocational training can provide - in a recent City & Guilds survey of 1,200 employers, 90 per cent said that they viewed vocationally trained staff as vital to the success of their business.

Vocational education can help to improve the lives of talented individuals by helping them fulfil their potential so they have the skills and confidence they need for a lifelong career.

Chris Jones, Chief executive and director general, City & Guilds

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Assistant Recruitment - Human Resources Office

University Of Nottingham Ningbo China

Outreach Officer

Gsm London

Professorship in Geomatics

Norwegian University Of Science & Technology -ntnu

Professor of European History

Newcastle University

Head of Department

University Of Chichester
See all jobs

Most Commented

men in office with feet on desk. Vintage

Three-quarters of respondents are dissatisfied with the people running their institutions

students use laptops

Researchers say students who use computers score half a grade lower than those who write notes

Canal houses, Amsterdam, Netherlands

All three of England’s for-profit universities owned in Netherlands

Mitch Blunt illustration (23 March 2017)

Without more conservative perspectives in the academy, lawmakers will increasingly ignore and potentially defund social science, says Musa al-Gharbi

sitting by statue

Institutions told they have a ‘culture of excluding postgraduates’ in wake of damning study