The Liberal Democrats and Conservatives have slightly different approaches, although Kennedy for the LibDems made more of efforts to make universities more accessible to bright students on low incomes.
He promises to scrap tuition fees, 'enabling access to be based on ability, not ability to pay'.
Labour claims to be addressing the issue through investment in further education. 'We've tripled apprenticeships and increased the number of graduates by 200,000, ' says Quinn.
Howard and Kennedy made much of efforts to boost vocational training.
Howard says the Conservatives would spend £20M on a bursary scheme for students studying key subjects including engineering. 'Around 10,000 students would receive a £2,000 bursary on completion of their studies, ' he says.
Conservative policy would also develop vocational skills among 14 to 16 year olds. This would involve 'transforming the vocational alternatives available to them, helping them to gain the skills that fit their abilities and interests'. And he promises vocational grants for studies leading to alternatives to GCSE qualifications.
Kennedy also promises more vocational courses for 14 to 19 year olds, while supporting Labour's four year commitment to spend £350M on colleges by 2009/10.