The recommendations presented in the government’s post-16 skills plan are designed to enhance technical education and build “a dynamic, high-quality technical option, which is grounded in engagement with employers, fits soundly with the rest of the system and is responsive to the changing needs of the economy.” Drawing heavily on the recommendations of the report of the independent panel on technical education — better known as the Sainsbury review — the Government is proposing to create a much simpler system of technical education, based on “a common framework of 15 routes … which encompasses all employment-based and college-based technical education at levels 2 to 5.”
According to the post-16 skills plan, standards will be designed by considering what is needed to move to skilled employment and then working backwards. In other words, the current supply-led system will be replaced with a demand-led one, with employers sitting sit at the heart of it and taking the lead in setting the standards.
However, if these proposals are to really make a difference, mapping the 15 routes to local and regional labour market demand will be essential. TES have just published a piece that we have written, which not only explains why this is important, but which also shows how colleges, ITPs and awarding bodies can achieve this mapping at their local level. You can read the full article here, or by clicking on the image above.
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