vocational sixth forms

Discussion in 'education & employment' started by Don Troooomp, Oct 25, 2018.

  1. Don Troooomp

    Don Troooomp Condescension and embedded self importance

    Problem - Too many kids leave school with nothing that'll help them in life.

    Not everyone is suited to an academic education so would vocational sixth forms be a good move?
    I see the advantages as:

    Kids would get free training in work that interests them (and pays the bills)
    Kids would get a flying start in life, no longer walking out of school for the last time with shit all that's going to help them find a job
    An A level is fuck all use if you want to be a mechanic, a hairdresser, or an electrician, but 2 years of practical training would be handy.

  2. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    Isn't this just an apprenticeship?
  3. killer b

    killer b Nostrofuckingdamus

    There's loads of colleges do this already. The college up the road my 16 year old niece just started training to be a civil engineer at does vocational courses to be a mechanic, hairdresser or electrician (and loads more beside).
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  4. ice-is-forming

    ice-is-forming Well-Known Member

    They do this in Australia. I'm sure they already do it in the uk. At year 10/o level age you chose a path between great op and uni, or a certificate in a trade. You can always change your mind too.

    My son left with a trade in horticulture and farming, became too ill to do this manual work and was still able to get into uni to do something else.
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  5. Don Troooomp

    Don Troooomp Condescension and embedded self importance

    I had no idea these were available, it was just a wild thought that popped into my head when thinking of a mate's kid who left school last year with shit all to talk about and has sod all chance of finding decent work.
  6. killer b

    killer b Nostrofuckingdamus

    What you're describing has been a key aspect of what FE colleges provide since I was at school in the 90s, and presumably well before that. I imagine quality of education varies wildly from institution to institution, but it definitely exists.
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  7. spanglechick

    spanglechick High Empress of Dressing Up

    Tbf, it generally only exists at sixth form level, and I think there’s mileage in allowing that focus from 14, as Icey describes in Oz.
  8. Don Troooomp

    Don Troooomp Condescension and embedded self importance

    I'm aware colleges do it, but I was thinking more of schools in the format of a sixth form, but based on vocational training.
  9. Edie

    Edie Well-Known Member

    It exists in Leeds from 14. You still have to do core subjects but the rest is technical education.
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  10. Spandex

    Spandex Well-Known Member

    Like killer b says you're describing FE colleges. Something like 2.9 million people aged 16+ (including adults) attend them already. My local one has a small number of courses for 14-16 year olds.

    The reason school 6th forms can't provide all the vocational courses is because you need workshops for the carpentry, electrical, plumbing and motor vehicle students, salons for the hair & beauty students, etc and the specialist teachers to teach the courses. It wouldn't make practical or financial sense to have all of that in every school in the country when the provision already exists.
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  11. killer b

    killer b Nostrofuckingdamus

    That's what an FE college is though.

    I think there's plenty of arguments to be made to make FE better - more funding & resources, better accessibility and easier routes to vocational courses for kids who need them - I'm sure anyone who works in the sector would agree with that. But arguing to replicate their functions because you had a brainwave about something that it turns out already exists and has done for decades seems a bit of a waste of time tbh.
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  12. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    So FE Colleges then.

    I worked at one for years.
  13. Don Troooomp

    Don Troooomp Condescension and embedded self importance

    I was thinking more of sixth forms at 16 rather than colleges at 18, but perhaps it's a shit idea or something I just didn't realise was happening.
    I'm an old fucker so my brain could be addling.
  14. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    Yeah its a bit of a mish mash...... Some school age children do go to FE Colleges for vocational studies either part time or full time already.

    There's also vocational academies, which was part of the premise of setting up the academy system...... but to be frank, most academies are effectively just there to make profit for the managing organisation.

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