Irish parents need to "get real" and "lose their fixation in insisting that their child has to go to college as a badge of honour" according to the head of the representative body for Education and Training Boards (ETBs).
Michael Moriarty, general secretary of Education and Training Boards Ireland, said policymakers should try to encourage parents to send children directly to industry via a traineeship or apprenticeship programme.
"We've had business education fora and businesses have said to us, 'please don't send us someone with a master's degree who wants to be managing director within two weeks, we cannot get the people with the right skills'" Moriarty told the Sunday Independent.
"We have a mismatch between education and training providers and the business community."
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