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Career colleges: "We can't afford to waste half our young people"

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  1. brahmos_ii

    brahmos_ii Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Proposals for new vocational colleges – where students as young as 14 can leave traditional schools to train in careers such as construction, catering and healthcare – were unveiled on Tuesday. They are the brainchild of former Conservative Education Secretary Lord Baker. VoR's Tim Walklate has more.

    The idea is that students would learn specialist vocational subjects linked to local employment, such as cookery, digital technology and healthcare up to the age of 19.

    They would still be taught core subjects such as Maths and English, as well as take GCSE qualifications.

    Writing in the Independent, the peer said:

    “By starting at 14, youngsters have a head start in preparing for the world of work as they do in Austria, Denmark and the Netherlands, where youth unemployment is much lower.â€

    Baroness Perry of Southwark, a fellow Conservative peer in the House of Lords and a former Chief Inspectorate of Schools, said:

    “We have far too long neglected up to 50 percent of our children, who are not motivated academically and who would thrive in an atmosphere where they were vocationally or technically orientated.â€

    Brian Lightman, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

    “The trouble with this proposal is that it’s planning to put 40 new schools into a system that already has surplus places.

    “At a time when funding is very short, this is not a solution that is scaleable across the whole country and it’s not going to address the skills-deficit in all areas.â€

    Lord Baker aims for 40 new colleges to be opened over the next four years.

    The first will be built in Oldham next year.

    A Department for Education spokesman insisted that the proposals are from Lord Baker and not, as yet, government policy.
     
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    Seems like a solid plan. Along with primary education, all children should be given options for vocational training according to their aptitude, interest, and the projected demands of industry, rather than forcing every child thru the same system that is not specialized to their particular needs and the needs of the nation's industries. Schooling should not only impart common education and develop one's critical thinking skills, but should prepare all of India's youth with the skill set, knowledge, and credentials to enter industry ready to be productive citizens, support themselves, and compete to international standards.
     
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    we have polytechnics and ITI for this but need to work on them for quality and PR.
     
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    I agree with emphasis on STEM because it will help India be more competitive, but a healthy economy should not overlook decent training for essential technicians and service professions, like construction-workers, plumbers, cooks, electricians, attendants, &c.
     
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    yes it should not and as HR in Past I had recruited guys from ITI and Polytechnics and they are good... several time more good then B. tech from private engg colleges.. all we need is inserting new technology in their course and doing a better PR so these guys get placed.. most of them are from poor or lower middle class and they are hard workers... they train people in almost all the tech except nuclear.
     
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    tell me what good will this be when 39%
    of our youth in the present day are unemployed

    1st we need to find work for them, think of more institutes later
     
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    this is wrong bhai... you and me we both are going to start business and who will you hire.. a person with enough degree and knowledge to work and stay with you or a person with high degree and no knowledge who will not work hard, will give suggestion always and start looking for a new job with in 6-12 months of joining you.

    if you need loyality and hard working people polytechnic and ITI is your destination if you need talking idiots engg and management calleges are your destination.

    I had made a clear firm policy... no engg and MBA will work in my organization for next 6 years or when I will cross the 100 cr mark.. which ever comes later.

    our problem is we have several high end colleges with no proper education facility in them and very few low level and middle level professional colleges... we need more supervisors and workers then engineers and managers.. for getting first we need to invest in right portion of our education department.
     
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