There is a call for more youths to combine higher education and work because there are “too many” who go to university.
MINISTERS are supporting a demand for more young people to combine higher education with job in order to reduce “astronomical” debt. Even though most students end up with little career opportunities, a renowned fighter for social mobility claims that university applications impose a “massive” load on the public finances.
Sir Peter Lampl, the founder and chairman of the charity The Sutton Trust, has urged teenagers to take advantage of employer-funded “degree apprenticeships” that combine study and full-time work.
He stated, “I believe there are too many kids going to university.” “Too many graduates leave with a lot of debt… and talents that aren’t in demand in the economy.
“The students will not be able to repay the debt, which is a major issue.”
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson was quoted as agreeing with the sentiments yesterday, while a senior source from his department pointed to the Government’s Skills Bill as part of its effort to “rebalance higher education.”
“Both university and apprenticeships have benefits,” remarked the Prime Minister’s spokesman.