Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and its leadership arm, the Association of Managers in Education (AMiE), said:
"We are pleased the Labour Party has recognised the damaging divide between vocational and academic education in this country. We wish the coalition government would do the same, rather than making 16 year olds choose between academic and occupational qualifications as its plans to reform vocational qualifications at level 3 will do.
"The One Nation Skills Taskforce Interim Report rightly highlights that achieving any significant improvement in skills is dependent on having both high quality education in colleges and high quality training provided by employers.
"We agree with Labour that it is import for further education lecturers to spend time each year gaining first-hand experience in the workplace, as this enables them to update their vocational skills and bring industry standards into colleges."
Notes to editors
- The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) is an independent, registered trade union and professional association, representing approximately 170,000 teachers, headteachers, lecturers and support staff in maintained and independent nurseries, schools, sixth form, tertiary and further education colleges in the United Kingdom.
- ATL exists to help members, as their careers develop, through first rate research, advice, information and legal advice.
- ATL is affiliated to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) and Education International (EI). ATL is not affiliated to any political party and seeks to work constructively with all the main political parties.