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Build a bridge to business

Traditional secondary schools could boost their students’ career prospects and support their local economies by following in the footsteps of UTCs and forging lasting links with Stem-related industries, writes Dan Cundy

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Schools don’t really understand much about the labour market – I certainly didn’t in my previous roles. I didn’t understand the London economy very well. I didn’t understand projections into the future about the demand for technical and soft skills or the sectors experiencing huge difficulties recruiting talent.

However, if you’re leading a school and turning out generations of young people, it’s absolutely critical to have a sophisticated level of understanding of this and to be able to give credible, unbiased advice.

University technical colleges (UTCs) are perhaps fortunate that we have ...

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