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Jun. 26th, 2013

09:25 am

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Date:June 25th, 2013 09:36 pm (UTC)
From just before the YoT was born, our government started talking about 'the knowledge economy' which was supposed to be based on educated people doing educated things, and replace agriculture as the country's main export.

Which is all well and good, I'm all for education and innovation, and I'm glad we're becoming less reliant on agriculture too, because agriculture is a big carbon emitter.

But, the mistake they made was to try and channel everybody into the knowledge economy, and this meant that people who would normally learn a trade were instead pushed into university. Now a bachelor's degree's only good enough to get you an entry level job, and there's a giant shortage of tradespeople, who often now make more money than a senior policy analyst.

So I'm all for taking the traditional route. It's actually not that traditional any more. ;-)
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Date:June 26th, 2013 08:25 am (UTC)
We had the same thing here - for a while the Government was fixated on getting 50% of school leavers to go to university - even though 50% of jobs do not require a university degree. We ended up with legions of Media Studies students with no jobs to go to. Now there's a move back towards apprenticeships, which seems more sensible. There's always a need for plumbers, electricians and mechanics.
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