Government to review higher-level technical education

Department for Education review into level 4 and 5 technical education follows plans to introduce T levels

Stephen Exley

The IfA has published draft content for three more T level qualifications

The Department for Education has today confirmed its intention to conduct a review into higher-level technical education.

The review will look across level 4 and 5 provision, focusing on how technical qualifications at these levels can better address the needs of learners and employers.

This includes ensuring that learners can progress from the new T levels, and other full-time education, into the workplace. It will also consider how these qualifications work for those in the workforce looking to upskill or retrain.

The announcement follows the recent disclosure of the first T level subjects that will be taught from 2020.

'Good for our economy'

Apprenticeships and skills minister Anne Milton said: “High-quality technical education helps young people and adults get into new, fulfilling and better-paid careers. That’s good for them and good for our economy. This is the way we build a better, higher skilled workforce.

“We are already taking steps to improve technical education with investment in apprenticeships and the creation of T levels. This review is the next logical step in that process.”

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Stephen Exley

Stephen Exley

Stephen Exley is a freelance writer, director of external affairs at Villiers Park Educational Trust and former FE editor at Tes.

Find me on Twitter @stephenexley

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