Why do we need a Blog on HE ?

When this was planned some people have asked, why do we need a blog about HE. What is the deal about HE anyway? Don’t we have too many graduates already taking the wrong courses ?    Perhaps I’ll begin with a bit of background. For several years now the need to have higher level skills/degrees to compete in the world economy has been identified by various government reports and private bodies, such as the CBI. Those jobs that will be around in 2020 will be requiring higher skills, and those jobs with lower skill demands will be fewer in number. Skills that were once seen as technical and only used by a few, such as those within Information Communications Technology (ICT) are now mainstream. According to the Leitch report,http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/furthereducation/uploads/documents/2006-12%20LeitchReview1.pdf By 2020 more that 40% of jobs could be filled by graduates, currently this stands at about 30%.

You can also gain a degree whilst working, combining the experience, (and money!), of a job whilst getting a qualifications. Some companies are offering this, such as Flybe at Exeter, Tesco and McDonalds Restaurants. I’ve also attended a ceremony at Yeovilton of graduates of a Royal Navy initiative which provided a foundation degree as part of their study package see the BBC news coverage here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/somerset/7122014.stm

If you think this sounds a bit like an apprenticeship, yet it’s on an HE blog, then you are quite right. Words like Higher Level Skills, Foundation degrees, and NVQ 4 and 5 are all part of the drive to upskill our workforce and make Britain a positive economic country in Europe and beyond. As I go through I’ll be looking in such areas in more depth, but if you have any questions about Higher Education why not email me? If it’s an interesting question it might even be answered (anonymously if you wish) on this blog.

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