Theo Paphitis, former Dragons’ Den star, said teachers should be educated about vocational pathways as too many push young people towards university

Young people have been “mis-sold” the route to success, with record numbers heading to university expecting a career to fall into place on graduation, education and business professionals have warned.

They said parents and teachers should be educated about vocational pathways open to teenagers, in order to rubbish the “impression” that higher education is the only route to a successful career.

Speaking at a round-table debate, Theo Paphitis, entrepreneur and former Dragons’ Den star, said teachers were the “root cause” of young people choosing university over vocational and technical qualifications.

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