First ruin the schools then on to the next stage.It seems that after a decade of screwing up education for the general public we are sending another generation through the system while looking for what else we can do to bring everyone to the lowest common denominator of being a socialist drone.
First of all in the sights is the next level of education. A-levels and apprenticeships.
The A-levels we can solve by sub contracting some to places like McDonalds, Network Rail and Flybe. Who? Come on you must know McDonalds have skills in education. No? Neither did I.
These companies, and others, can then do courses that are tailored to their own individual requirements and thus your McDonalds A-level will be transferable to.... err.... Burger King, Flybe to err.... Virgin, BA and so on and Network Rail's to err.... well nobody. But never mind it's still more A-levels than it is now. So that must be a good thing as far as our useless government is concerned. Read here about the next hatchet job on our kids education.
Now in addition to A-levels it was not that long ago that apprenticeships were the way to go. With the advent of the mobile workforce and no job was for life it didn't come cost effective for companies to train people for years and then find them going to competitors for more money so it died off. Pity. I had one with a company called Plessey. Now defunct and taken over by a few companies ending up within GEC if I remember. It was certainly a good thing then. I'm not convinced that it will of any benefit now unless it is companies like err.... McDonalds, Network Rail and Flybe where the skills are not that transferable. Read here about Gordo's mighty aspirations for one in five school leavers having apprenticeships.
Now unless Gordo is going to pass over a lot more of our hard earned money to encourage private industry to do this I just cant see it taking off and flying. Maybe a Wright brothers takeoff with a lot of fanfare then it floats for a bit before a hard landing while the media are eating the buffet. So be prepared for apprenticeships in signing on the dole. It will probably be the number one course in the number taken although perhaps not choice.
So when Gordo is talking about the skills race. I think that in our case we are going to be in the special olympics as far as our chances are concerned. We might have a chance there up again Kenya and places like that. Certainly not in the real world though with the big boys. How the mighty have fallen.