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Assess the view that vocational education and training schemes have done nothing to reduce social inequalities.

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Using Information from item B and elsewhere assess the view that vocational education and training schemes have done nothing to reduce social inequalities. There are a range of different schemes available within the new vocational education system such as NVQ's, apprenticeships, YTS's and GNVQs. These are work based awards which are achieved through training and assessment. These awards are usually equivalent to 2 A levels and usually schemes like apprenticeships put you straight into a job when you finish the course; this is an extremely popular vocational course as job's are hard to come by in this economic climate. The training scheme was also introduced around the same time as students experiencing difficulty with their traditional subjects. ...read more.


They have helped middle class students as well as working class ones but give few skills that can only be used in low paid/ unskilled work. However these ideas did also open up so much more opportunities for students who were not so interested in traditional subjects such as maths, English, science. These apprenticeships and NVQs provided routes into a job and out of there disliked educational subjects. Furthermore these would open up opportunities such as, future careers, a full time job and qualifications. The government in recent years have decided to improve the repetition of these alternative qualifications and offering them alongside other more traditional options such as A levels. Vocational education also provides cheap labour for employees, such as apprenticeships. ...read more.


They would also say that students are being taught 'nobody' jobs as to fill the unwanted roles of society and therefore discriminating against minorities. Furthermore trainees have found they are taught narrow skills which are of no real value to them, also once trained they do not receive any other sort of updated training meaning they are very restricted to what they do. Finally, the evidence shows that sorts of vocational courses do open up lots of opportunities for students, however they seem to be rather narrow and restricted with this course then confiding you to the same job for the rest of your life. However in some ways it could be argued that this is still good as it is getting the youth of the street and into jobs. ...read more.

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