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Career colleges: the right places at the right time

Having drawn up a way to revive technical education five years ago, Lord Baker finds the stars are aligning for his career-minded professional learning routes

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I launched career colleges in October 2013. Initially just a concept, my desire was to create more specialist technical and professional routes for 14- to 19-year-olds – steering young people to the many new and exciting careers they were unlikely to have known about.

I handed my vision over to Ruth Gilbert, CEO of the newly formed Career Colleges Trust (recently joined by Bev Jones as a joint CEO). I said I’d like to see 25 career colleges to be in operation by 2018, and am delighted that we have come close to reaching this target. It is a huge achievement considering the difficult financial ...

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