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Volume 169: debated on Tuesday 13 March 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a statement on the progress of the technical and vocational education initiative.

The technical and vocational education initiative (TVEI) is making excellent progress. Over half a million students are currently involved. Significant achievements are being recorded in the 81 education authorities currently extending TVEI to all their schools and colleges:

  • (i) The proportion of students taking balanced science courses has virtually doubled from 36 per cent. to 64 per cent.
  • (ii) Students taking design and technology courses has virtually doubled from 30 per cent. to 55 per cent.
  • (iii) 71 per cent. of teachers report TVEI has increased students ability to solve problems.
  • (iv) 70 per cent. of employers feel that what TVEI teaches is relevant to their needs.
  • As the initiative expands, all students will be getting a period of work experience, an individual action plan and a record of achievement. I am confident that TVEI is making a significant contribution to improving the quality of the nation's work force.