Creating parity of esteem between academic and technical education is vital to address skills gaps across the economy and offer people diverse pathways to acquire higher level skills. With the T level roll-out continuing apace, and the approval of new Higher Technical Qualifications expected from next year, this group will provide important feedback to government and continue to inform CBI policy positioning in this area.
We were pleased to welcome Joint Head of the Qualification Reform Unit, Helen Kemplay, from the Department for Education. The session focused on how reform can work for firms, providers, and learners of all ages, and reflected on the impact of COVID-19 on the character of technical education in the future.
Top 3 Takeaways
1- Firms need greater clarity on how classroom-based technical education and apprenticeships will interact
There was consensus that greater clarity is required from government on progression routes for T level learners, with some unsure how technical qu