National Colleges – an important step towards parity

11th December 2014

Responding to today’s announcement, by the Business Secretary Vince Cable, of four new national colleges to help the UK develop world-class skills in the advanced manufacturing, digital, wind energy and creative industries, David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE, said:

“Greater investment in the development of higher-level vocational skills through four new employer-led national colleges is an important step in helping place vocational training on a par with higher education. As is the announcement of maintenance support for vocational learners.

“As all employers know these colleges need to support adults aswell as young people. With an anticipated 13.5 million jobs over the next 10 years but only 7 million new labour market entrants, it’s essential that people of all ages are given every opportunity to train, retrain and get the skills they need to stay in work longer.

“We are already working with the National College for High Speed Rail to support young people and adults into STEM careers and we look forward to establishing a similar working relationship with the other colleges.”