Both Academic and Vocational Training Key to Competitive Advantage; ENTERPRISE

The Birmingham Post (England), August 20, 2008 | Go to article overview

Both Academic and Vocational Training Key to Competitive Advantage; ENTERPRISE


Byline: By Denise Craig

The annual round of exam results are, as ever, producing predictable headlines of record-breaking grades, leading to the inevitable questions about the validity of the results and fuelling the debate on the usefulness of qualifications.

Often these debates become overly simplistic and certainly government education policy in recent years has put too much emphasis on league tables, grades and higher education.

This has led many small business owners to surmise that academic qualifications are promoted in schools at the expense of vocational training.

This is why the FSB believes the new Vocational Diplomas for youths aged 14-19 being introduced this September will encourage entrepreneurship and better prepare students for the workplace.

However, for students, teachers and parents to be convinced it must be given equal status as A-levels to send out the message that vocational training has a comparable value.

After all, many of our most successful business people never went to university, but had a talent for developing commercial success by applying their entrepreneurial expertise to the breakthroughs and innovations of lofty academic research. …

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