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The true ‘gold standard’ for Levels 4 and 5 is FE

With technical education currently under review, Kirsti Lord argues colleges are better placed than universities to continue leading the delivery of higher-level skills

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Within the FE sector, we are well used to change (I can imagine the wry smiles of colleagues as I write these words). But change is currently happening at a rapid rate, with the apprenticeship levy, the industrial strategy, skills strategy, T levels and the focus on social mobility, for starters. And, let’s not forget, we have a new secretary of state, too.

Level 4 and 5 technical education is currently under review by the government because, as a country, we have insufficient numbers of people with those skills to meet employer demand. Being the major educational providers at that level, it’s ...

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