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UK / An overhaul of vocational education

Teenagers in England are to be offered the chance to take new courses in engineering and construction as part of an overhaul of vocational education.

Ministers said they would develop seven qualifications in the two subjects to equip youngsters with relevant skills.

The Department for Education also said thousands of vocational qualifications which were “of limited value” would be cut from A-level league tables.

Labour said vocational education was an “afterthought” for this government.

In total, there will be four new vocational qualifications in engineering and three in construction for young people aged 14 to 16.

A new committee is being set up, involving employers, exam boards, professional bodies and further and higher education, to develop the construction qualifications.

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor

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via BBC News – Revamp of vocational courses unveiled.

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