Last week’s poll: Technical degrees

Labour leader Ed Miliband has said his party will introduce German-style ‘technical degrees’ if elected, drawing on advice from employers to provide a route to degree-level qualification for the less academically-inclined. What would be the effect of this for engineering?

 Of the 633 respondents to last week’s poll. more than a quarter – 28 per cent – thought that Ed Miliband’s plan for German-style ‘technical degrees’ would be no different from current apprenticships with a university element. However, another large group, 23 per cent, thought they had the potential to improve the practical skills of engineering graduates. Another 21 per cent worried that they could devalue engineering education, while 13 per cent thought technical degrees could be confused for academic engineering degrees ad 12 per cent thought they could boost the status of engineering.


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