Technology? Ask a teenager

Wednesday 6 November 2013

Sorry Mum and Dad - I’m a teenager and I know more about technology than you.

Parents – do YOU know enough about advancing technology to decide if a Technical Academy is the best route to a good future career for your child? The answer is probably: No.

That is why as part of the consultation process for the proposed Technical Academy, Bedford College is asking pupils currently aged 13-15 to complete a short survey to give their views.

“Teenagers have grown up with and and embrace technology as part of their daily lives. To them it is second nature. They are not afraid of a future dominated by technology,” said Ian Pryce Principal and CEO of Bedford College which is proposing this Technical Academy in Bedford town centre,

“We’re not bypassing parents as obviously we want their support and they need to be comforted by fact their child will be receiving a high standard of traditional education. But their children will be the generation that is competing in a global market place for jobs ten years from now.

“If parents consider how technology has advanced in ten years, it is equally difficult to grasp what the workplace will look like a decade from now.

“We will be bringing in professionals from the advancing industries of science, technology, engineering and maths  (STEM) to give extra special classes to make sure our students can compete in the jobs market a decade from now.

“It isn't about comparing what the local upper schools offer, it is about keeping up with how rest of the world is educating its young people. Otherwise we will be left behind, unskilled and with huge youth unemployment such as they have elsewhere in Europe already.

“The Germans understand the importance of education which is led by employer demand and is demonstrated in the fact nearly all young people go into apprenticeships of some sort."

Bedford College sets the standard for Outstanding education in Bedfordshire. It brought £25 Million worth of investment into the Borough with the Bedford Academy. It project managed the town’s first Free School which now has a waiting list for pupils aged 13 upwards after being launched in the face of opposition from traditionalists in education. The Bedford Sixth Form at the former Harpur Trust School in Bromham Road, Bedford has attracted 500 A-Level students from a wide radius.

Said Ian Pryce: “We have never been afraid to overcome opposition from those who do not want change.  Our aim is offer improved choice and higher standards in education for the people of Bedfordshire.”

Complete our short survey and show your support for Bedford Technical Academy

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