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Enhanced focus on vocational skills will boost economy, say half of Brits

In contrast to the extremely negative reaction from the UK’s student community, research conducted by Home Learning College shows that large sectors of the population see the benefit of increased tuition fees. Over half of adults (51%) believe higher fees will encourage more people into vocational study. A further 43% feel vocational qualifications are of greater value than degrees.

The survey –by the UK’s biggest provider of professional distance learning - revealed that 54% think increasing the UK’s vocational skills base will have a positive impact on the country’s economy. This rises to 58% of men, while only 6% of all respondents were in disagreement.

When asked whether cuts to higher education and increased tuition fees are necessary to cut the UK’s national debt, views became...

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