Is there a risk Career Colleges will create a two-tier education system in which brighter children avoid them?

Examples of industry-led training (including employer endorsed academies and UTCs), demonstrate the opposite outcome is true. Students and parents are drawn to opportunities for 14 to 19 year olds, which prepare young people for progression to adult life – together with academic rigour, and practical development support leading to real work opportunities.
Students leaving UTCs at 18 have been offered places at a wide range of universities, including members of the Russell Group. They’ve also been offered Apprenticeships with leading businesses such as Rolls Royce and Jaguar Land Rover. That’s proof – if proof were needed – that specialist education doesn’t close doors.