Following the establishment of the Independent Panel on Technical Education in November 2015, on behalf of the Secretaries of State for Education and for Business, Innovation and skills, the government has now published its post-16 skills plan.
The plan sets out how the Government intends to support young people and adults to secure skilled employment and meet the needs of the economy. It accepts all of the 34 recommendations put forth by the panel in their report, where current budgets allow, and has developed a ‘Road map for reform and next steps’ between now and 2020.
Key elements of the plan include:
Implementing a common framework of 15 routes across technical education, beginning with a two-year college course aligned to apprenticeships. Each course will have just one approved tech level qualification for each occupation or cluster of occupations;
Maintaining a register of technical qualifications at levels 4 and 5 which meet national standards and are therefore eligible to be subsidised through government loans;
Ensuring that those who are not ready to access a route at age 16 will be provided with flexible and tailored support in accordance with their prior attainment and career aspirations;
Reforming career guidance to inform student choice.