Education secretary Damian Hinds is on a fact-finding mission in Germany where he will be hoping to uncover the secrets to their apprenticeships system to aid him in the development of T-levels and apprenticeships. He will be visiting businesses where the best-qualified candidates are recruited at 16 or 17, and the less well-qualified either do a preparatory course at a vocational college or wait to reapply for an apprenticeship.
“We know Germany’s highly skilled workforce is a primary driver for their economic growth,” wrote Mr Hinds. “Technical and vocational training in Germany is high calibre, combining classroom instruction and on-the-job training. Critically, it is not perceived as being less prestigious than university, with nearly half of young Germans taking this route, often through apprenticeships.”
He will then be travelling onto the Netherlands to visit some of their top technical colleges. Crucially in the Netherlands, education is linked with work at a young age so learners consider their career options when they choose their subjects – and vocational options are the most popular.
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