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‘Flexible systems’ unlock workplace opportunities

Foundation Apprenticeship scheme praised by OECD and industry leaders

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Bringing vocational routes into the school system is key to preparing young people for a fast-changing labour market, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Montserrat Gomendio, OECD deputy director for education and skills, told the New Education Forum’s conference “Soft Skills and Vocational Education and Training (VET) – Key Elements of the Labour Market” in Edinburgh last week that the “dichotomy between the academic or traditional path and VET and apprenticeships” had been broken.

Ms Gomendio said: “Many countries are now developing more flexible ...

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