Some friends of mine (the Howard brothers of Brighton Wok fame) were interviewed for the Guardian:
Interesting that the government should seek to levy a tax for education in this way.
In my chosen field (programming), anyone who’s anyone seems to take pride in being self-taught. Programming is very much this sort of skill. Although many programmers have degrees in computer science, they are of little use day to day (if ever) for a programmer, other than to convince someone to employ you.
As I’m self-employed, I don’t send people my CV very oftern, so I consider the three years that I spent at university to have been a complete waste of time and money. Wikipedia, working with people, selling software to clients and long hours at the command line and cursing IE is where I consider my education to have taken place.
If the government were to levy a tax on web programmers to train other programmers, I would be completely against it.
If you want to know how to do something, you should go ahead and do it.
If you want people to give you money, try to sell them something that is of value to them.
Maybe I should put down this cup of coffee and my dog eared copy of “Atlas Shrugged“.