FIVE thousand vocational courses could be axed as part of a Government crackdown on “Mickey Mouse” qualifications.
Daft classes which get little or no take-up, including putting on a saddle and Thai massage, face being stripped of funding.
The Government said 12,000 courses were available to over-16s, but 5,000 had fewer than 100 enrolled, with none at all in some.
Those under threat include a qualification in “recognising, putting on and cleaning a saddle”.
An entry level course in “angling skills” which had no students last year could also be axed.
Others in danger include “sugarcraft” — or cake decoration — and “single eyelash extension treatments”.
Anyone interested in the “safe use of a powered pole pruner” may also have to take another course.
The Government last year ordered a review of vocational qualifications at level three and below.
Unveiling its findings, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said kids were confused by so many courses, with many on the same subject.
He said: “Removing funding for qualifications that have no or low numbers of enrolments will help make sure students have a clearer choice.”
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