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UK university policy led to ‘huge skills shortages’

Author criticises education system for ‘overproducing’ academically qualified people

The UK economy has reached “peak head”, with university expansions producing lots of academics but not enough “white-coated lab technicians”, which may be partly to blame for problems with the country’s testing system, an author has claimed.

David Goodhart, head of demography at the right-leaning think tank Policy Exchange, told a Labour Party conference fringe event on 22 September that rising numbers of young people going to university had “overproduced a certain kind of academically qualified person” and left the country with “huge skills shortages” in some technical areas.

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