Boris Johnson announces ‘radical’ plan to boost vocational training

PM says young people need new skills to compete as Covid-19 has accelerated changes in economy

Boris Johnson has promised to end the “pointless, nonsensical gulf” between university and vocational education, in what he called a “radical” shakeup of funding for post-18 education.

Giving an upbeat speech at Exeter college, Johnson said the Covid-19 pandemic had “massively accelerated” changes in the economy that were already under way, such as the shift to online shopping.

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