Speaking at the Conservative Party Conference this morning, Gavin Williamson said: “I am setting a new target to supercharge further education over the next decade; our aim is to overtake Germany in the opportunities we offer to those studying technical routes by 2029.”
This was part of a promise to “deliver nothing less than a revolution in technical education”, as doing so was “vital for our country and most importantly, vital for all of our children”.
“Apprenticeships, technical and vocational education: these are just as important, and as valuable as going to university and are just as important to our economy to make sure Britain succeeds in the future.”
During his speech, the education secretary announced a new wave of institutes of technology, funded by £120 million in investment, that he said “had the potential to transform high-level technical education” by bringing together further education colleges, universities and employers.
It comes after 12 of the flagship providers were announced earlier this year, with Williamson saying today he wants an institute of technology in every major city of England.
Furthermore, an expert skills and productivity board of leading industrialists and labour market economists will provide strategic advice on skills and qualifications.