Belfast Telegraph

Brexit Britain needs skills revolution, says Justine Greening

Businesses must help create "an army of skilled young people", the Education Secretary has said.

Justine Greening called for a "skills revolution for Brexit Britain", urging firms to back the Government's attempts to overhaul technical training for teenagers.

In a speech at the British Chambers of Commerce education summit, the Cabinet minister said: "I want to create an army of skilled young people for British business. But I need your help. Government can't do it alone.

"Because that's what we need, never more than now. A skills revolution for Brexit Britain. That's the real strategy on migration.

"Great companies need great people. And my department has a mission to give our young people the very best start - to become those great people."

Ms Greening said that the Government's new "T-levels", to be offered alongside apprenticeships, will be the core of a new technical education system.

T-levels are individual qualifications. They were first announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond in the March Budget, and are part of a fresh bid by the Government to give technical training equal standing to academic education.

Under the plans, each T-level, which will be developed with businesses, will fall under one of 15 career-based training routes in industries such as construction and engineering.

"Delivering these reforms will be a challenge," Ms Greening told business leaders.

"I am clear there is only one way to get this right - through a genuine partnership between business, government and education professionals. This means we need a collective plan. One plan. One team. For skills.

"A skills revolution. A technical education revolution. That is how we meet those challenges - head on. It's how we build our future."

Around £50 million is to be made available from next April to fund work placements - a key part of every T-level, the Department for Education (DfE) said, along with £15 million to help improve further education.

Other plans include a DfE summit this autumn with businesses to start developing T-levels.