Downgrading diploma was a mistake

10th February 2012 at 00:00

We are delighted that the engineering diploma is one of the few diplomas to remain in the list of courses included in the 14-16 performance tables for 2014. However, we cannot agree with the decision to downgrade it to the equivalent of one GCSE.

Engineering remains one of this country's most vibrant sectors and an area in which we lead the world. Of 2.1 million businesses in the UK, 550,000 are engineering businesses employing 5.6 million people - 19 per cent of the workforce. The engineering sector will need 2.2 million skilled employees over the next decade.

The diploma was designed by senior academics and experienced industry engineers and is highly valued by companies and universities alike. It is vital for the competitive future of the engineering industry that the government reconsiders the worth of the engineering diploma and actively supports its promotion.

Robert Robson - principal, Samuel Whitbread Academy; Elizabeth Allen - head, Newstead Wood School for Girls; Martin Bevan - business manager, SMC International Training; and seven other signatories from the education and engineering sectors.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today