Stephen Twigg MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, commenting on the Government’s proposed Tech Bacc, said:
“Seven months after Labour announced plans for a Technical Baccalaureate, the Government is today trying to catch up.
“But David Cameron and Michael Gove have spent the last three years undermining technical education – damaging the quality of apprenticeships, downgrading the engineering diploma and narrowing the curriculum so skills are side-lined. The Government should be judged on their actions so far, not on their words today.
“Labour has set out plans for a gold standard Technical Baccalaureate, with all pupils doing English and Maths to age 18, businesses accrediting high quality vocational courses and all pupils doing work experience. Crucially, Labour will also raise the number and quality of apprenticeships for school and college leavers so the Tech Bacc leads towards successful careers.”