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Paying the price

Money is announced for technical education, and data releases highlight higher education’s benefits and costs

The latest salvo in the government’s ‘please, everyone, stop wanting to do degrees’ campaign comes this morning in the form of an announcement of money to expand technical courses.

Education secretary Gavin Williamson has announced an £18 million Growth Fund to help further and higher education providers expand “high-quality” higher technical education. The money is to be invested in equipment and the development of business links “to offer training that will meet growing employer demands for skills in sectors including digital, construction, health and science”.

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