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Institutes of technology to be launched.

Institutes of technology to be launched.

Vocational and technical training could become more popular than going to university, according to education secretary Gavin Williamson as he prepares to announce £120m in extra funding for a new wave of specialist institutes.

Williamson will tell the Conservative party conference on Monday of plans to launch a further eight institutes of technology – a collaboration between further education (FE) colleges, universities and employers to offer higher level technical training – joining the 12 opening this year to rival higher education as an option for students.

“When we have implemented all the reforms in this sector, one of the great challenges is that people may see this route in higher demand than a conventional university route. That’s what you’ve seen in Singapore and we should have the same level of ambition in this country,” Williamson told the Guardian.

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