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Stephen Twigg MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, responding to the publication of the ‘Technical Matters’ report by Policy Exchange, said:

"This report echoes the concerns of Labour, business and industry leaders in finding that vocational education has no place in Michael Gove’s plans. Britain risks losing the global race on skills. We need to be as strong as Germany and Switzerland on vocational education, and as competitive as Singapore and Japan on Maths.

"Labour has set out a clear plan for vocational education that will strengthen Britain’s economic future and prepare young people for skilled jobs and apprenticeships. 

"Labour would introduce a Technical Baccalaureate at 18 and strengthen the quality of courses by allowing businesses to accredit them. We believe all students should study English and Maths to age 18 and get a quality work experience placement - an entitlement the Government has ended.

"In focusing exclusively on an out of date and narrow view of education, this Government is wasting the talents of young people in this country."

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