Importance of vocational learning stressed by government advisor

At least 40% of teenagers should be required to do apprenticeship-style qualifications that lead directly to a job at the age of 16, a leading education expert has said.

Tim Oates, director of research at the Cambridge Assessment exam board, said the move would cut the youth unemployment rate and boost economic competitiveness.

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In January the Department for Education announced a major review of the curriculum in England.