Designers are calling on educators to put more focus on creative skills, as they end up looking abroad more often for entry level skills.
This became apparent at Deezen's design summit last week, when designer Michael Marriott spoke of his concerns of the lack of facilities for design education in schools and colleges.
This sentiment was mirrored by architect Amanda Levete, who stated that half of her employees are from overseas, as they're better prepared for the workplace.
"Conceptually the architectural education here is very strong, but technically it's very weak, so architects who have been educated outside of the UK are kind of office-ready," she stated.
Other designers at the event agreed, and suggested that due to students in other areas of the EU studying design concepts during school and college, they are then able to come out of university much more skilled and ready to work at design agencies.
With this in mind, steps have already been taken in recent years to improve the availability of more vocational courses at GCSE and A-Level.
In June, headteacher of mixed-ability North Bridge House Senior School in London warned that many students struggle with academia, and urged more creative opportunities to be made available.
It was also reported earlier this year that the popularity of vocational courses at GCSE and A-Level is rising. This has resulted in the number of students attaining level two and three qualifications by the age of 19 also increasing.