Labour promise apprenticeship-boosting bill within 100 days if elected

Labour’s education spokesperson Tristram Hunt has pledged that his party, if elected, will introduce a bill to boost vocational education and apprenticeships within 100 days.

Speaking at the annual conference of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers in Liverpool yesterday, Hunt said: “Within 100 days you will have a Labour education bill about vocational education, apprenticeships and training.”

Hunt vowed to introduce a technical Baccalaureate for young people learning vocational skills, more technical degrees fitted around paid work and a greater number of two-year apprenticeships.

He noted that he would also like to see a German-style vocational education system, in which teenagers can choose at 14 between equally esteemed education and vocational paths.