Five years after the creation of the Learning and Skills Council and the start of the Government's skills drive, MPs say the UK remains dangerously pre-occupied with degrees for their own sake.
A survey by the Edge Foundation, which promotes vocational education, showed that 91 per cent of MPs think skills shortages are hitting investment. Just 3 per cent think the UK has a competitive vocational education system.
Andy Powell, chief executive of Edge, said: "This new research shows that there is a huge level of support among MPs for vocational and practical learning.
"We have reached a point where the lack of skills is causing concern for the nation."
BUT WHO ARE MPS TO TALK?