Prince Andrew says graduates are not ready for working worldNews
The Duke of York, Prince Andrew believes that university is not for everyone and it does not prepare people for the working world.
Prince Andrew was opening a vocationally focused University Technical College in Berkshire and took the opportunity to talk up the career prospects that UTCs provide compared with universities. He believes that university does not prepare students for the working world as graduates leaves without being 'trained' for the working world. The royal, who did not attend university, believes that a university level education should be viewed as the 'icing on the cake', when applying for jobs.
Speaking at the opening ceremony in Reading, the former Navy pilot said that universities are not preparing people for employment. He said 'Coming out of university there's a tendency to believe that you're trained as well as educated, which is not actually true.'
Prince Andrew went onto advocate the apprenticeship route. He continued by admitting the apprenticeship route is more helpful even if it eventually leads to university. He said 'In some respects I think that choosing the apprenticeship path and doing a foundation degree and then going on to university you will always have the advantage over many of your university colleagues because you have earned your spurs in the business world before going to university, so you’re going into university as a trained person, you're not coming out as an untrained person.'
Despite believing that the university is not the answer to the current unemployment problems young people are facing, Prince Andrew became patron the London Met University last year. However he believes the education system needs to change to accommodate different capabilities. He said 'If you look at the whole of the education system not everybody fits into that Utopian desire of everything in one category. Life actually requires different people to have different skills and we have to adapt those skills and that knowledge across a wide range of businesses.'
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