MPs fear nation without skills

13th October 2006 at 01:00
The country's "obsession" with academic courses over vocational education continues to undermine the performance of the economy, according to MPs.

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."



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