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Miliband to champion vocational skills

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 02, 2012

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Ed Miliband will today reveal radical plans for a "gold standard" A level-style qualification for technical skills.

A Labour government will provide a world-class education for the "forgotten 50%" of young people who don't go to university, he will say.

The party would hand the entire £1 billion apprenticeship budget to businesses to ensure skills meet demand.

In his keynote speech, the Labour leader will say: "I want ours to be a country where kids aspire not just to go to Oxford and Cambridge but to excellent technical colleges and elite vocational institutions."

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