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Closing the gap between vocational and general education: University Technical Colleges in England
Stephen Machin, Sandra McNally, Camille Terrier and Guglielmo Ventura December 2020
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Tags: schools; education; skills

England introduced University Technical Colleges - hybrid education institutions which combine general and vocational education - in 2010. This column presents the results from the first evaluation of the causal effect of attending such a college on student academic and vocational achievement, and on eventual labour market outcomes. While college enrolment can have positive effects on the probability of studying a STEM subject at university, the age that a student enrolls plays a key part in determining their overall attainment.