According to the Conservative Party website the Conservative Party will try to achieve the following if they gain power at the 2010 general election:

We believe that every person who could benefit from a university education should have the opportunity to do so if they wish. But the proportion of young people going to university has scarcely changed in eight years. At the current rate, it would take Labour over a century to meet their 50% target.

A Conservative Government will:

* Give universities greater freedom from detailed bureaucratic intervention
* Offer a fairer deal for part-time and mature students
* Create a clearer pathway from vocational routes into further and higher education

We recognise that higher fees have brought benefits to universities, but we need to ensure that they are providing a better student experience in return. We have called on the Government to start a full review of the higher education sector now.


Labour have failed on skills: the number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs) has risen, and the numbers of real apprenticeships, FE enrolments and Adult Learners are down. A Conservative Government will transform skills and training, with:

* A massive expansion in the provision of real apprenticeships, creating 100,000 additional apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeship training places every year and making it easier for companies to run apprenticeships
Find out more by downloading our skills policy paper
* More community learning to improve skills and employability, including a NEETs Fund aimed at youngsters not in any kind of education, training or employment, and a Community Learning Fund
* Supply-side reform to set further education free by creating a streamlined funding model where government support for training follows the learner
* Better careers advice by creating a new all-age careers service and providing a careers adviser in every secondary school and college

Conservative Party Universities and Skills Policy :

I would be interested to hear both positive and negative views on Conservative’s Universities and Skills policies in the comments below?