My DH thinks there could be an alternative to university which gives bright school leavers:
A "Gap Year" overseas experience A year to mature before going into the workplace A year away from home (for most) in a university-like environment Training in stuff which is useful to most employers
His target market would be school leavers with As and Bs at A Level who are not obsessed by the need for further academic learning, don't want to clock up £40k in debt but feel that they've got to go to university to get a worthwhile career. They also want to sample a student life for a while.
Students would do 3 months abroad doing voluntary work. They would then have two terms learning the basics of personal finance, what company accounts mean, employment law, the functions within a company etc.
They would also be trained in public speaking, Microsoft Office, memo writing, data analysis etc.
He reckons it's doable for £12k and that employers would love the "product" (and would supply the bulk of the trainers). The "institute" would be set up in a university town so that the students got a broader experience of university life.
To be honest it looks a bit basic, voluntary work combined with what employers expect school leavers to have anyway ie Microsoft office, public speaking etc. It doesn't look "top notch". Top flight school leavers will already have those skills. It's not a qualification in any way. I would re think, would rather put the £10k to uni fees