If elected, he will campaign for the creation of an education system that \”no longer has an academic, vocational divide\”. He said: \”It\’s actually a class divide that starts at school, is reinforced at college and reinforced again at university. I want middle-class families to be OK with their young people coming home and saying, I want to do an apprenticeship.\”
Getting the middle classes to be happy about an apprenticeship rather than a degree should be easy enough. After all, traditionally, that\’s exactly what the middle classes did do: apprenticeships. Articles to become an accountant or solicitor for example (I think non graduate entry is still possible into both professions) and what is pupillage but an apprenticeship?
However, saying that you\’d like apprenticeships to be more acceptable while insisting that there should be no vocational/academic divide is simply nonsensical. But then he\’s a student politician so there\’s nothing new there, is there?