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A CONFERENCE last week focused on further and higher education and the particular problems of student disinterest in taking up manufacturing and engineering degrees.

A CONFERENCE last week focused on further and higher education and the particular problems of student disinterest in taking up manufacturing and engineering degrees.

The Dean of Birmingham Business School said business and management degrees which include finance and accounting are the most popular.

Speakers from the US and UK also discussed the lack of available jobs and a surplus of graduates and questioned whether students do in fact need to go to university or should their first port of call be employment?

Solihull Chamber of Commerce and Solihull College are to hold a joint event on July 10 which is not only aimed at increasing the number of apprenticeships but also to encourage more students to take them up, rather than remain in mainstream education.

Some students, and their parents, see apprenticeships as a negative move, rather than going to university.

However, apprentices who have taken this step say it was better for them than university, because they were getting work experience, which a lot of employers need graduates to have.

The event on July 10 will take place at Solihull College’s premises in Blossomfield Road, and runs from 3pm until 7pm. For more information, call 0121 781 7384.

 

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