Anne Milton, the Minister of State for Skills and Apprenticeships, spoke last week at the opening of the Bett 2018 show. She outlined how investment in new technology can help children of all ages to improve their education.
“Our lives are becoming inextricably linked with technology. From the health and fitness trackers or smartwatches that many of you are probably wearing to some of the amazing innovations on display here today.”
The Edtech market is set to grow, with funding for new technology and education both taking major roles in the Chancellor’s recent Autumn Statement.
Noting that “EdTech can play a vital role”, Milton went on to say that technology should make education “more accessible and inclusive”.
With the majority of new jobs requiring digital skills and companies struggling to recruit employees with the right skills, the minister noted that children need to be “more than digital consumers, but also practitioners and creators.”
In order to tackle this issue, 15 prestigious technical routes will be created that will encompass all employment-based and college-based training. In these routes will sit new T level programmes that will provide young people with a path to skilled employment or higher level technical study.
“This Government wants everyone to get the digital skills they need. The country needs them to have those skills. Our economy depends on it.”
We had the pleasure of meeting Anne Milton at the Bett Show 2018.