Members of the Lords, including a former secretary of state for education, and the former vice chair of the Learning and Skills Council England, debated the case for improved alternatives for young people not attending university, on Thursday 23 October.
Issues explored in this wide-ranging debate on education and training included:
- the need to increase the number of 16-18 year olds on apprenticeship schemes
- the damage caused by inconsistency in skills policy and frequent changes in the qualification system
- calls for a new approach to student funding
- the problem of graduate unemployment and a growing skills gap
- how apprenticeship recruitment levels in the UK are far below the numbers in other comparable countries, including Germany.