The Government’s plans for education include driving up standards in English and maths – what Professor Alison Wolf describes as the “most vocational subjects of all”. Career Colleges help improve literacy and numeracy by showing how language and numbers are used in context. We know the approach works: early results in University Technical Colleges show good passes in English and maths GCSEs, precisely because they have been taught in the context of engineering and technology.
The Prime Minister recently called for more specialist colleges. Speaking in October 2013, he said, “We’ve already got technical colleges run by great companies like JCB……I say: let’s have one of those colleges in every single major town.”
Career Colleges also support the Government’s industrial strategy. They connect with sectors that have strong potential to create jobs, and with priorities set by Local Enterprise Partnerships.