14 Jul 2020

Major changes for higher digital skills education


Measures to boost the quality and take-up of higher technical education to help plug skill gaps, including digital, have been announced.

The package of measures aims to establish a system of higher technical education that will deliver high-quality courses that learners and employers can have confidence in, and that will provide the skills they need to succeed. The package includes:

  • Introducing newly approved higher technical qualifications from September 2022, supported by a government-backed brand and quality mark – qualifications will only be approved where they provide the skills employers need, providing much needed clarity for students and employers.
  • Working with Ofsted and the Office for Students to make sure the quality of courses is consistently high across HE and FE institutions – building on the Institutes of Technology so students and employers can be confident courses will be high quality.
  • Launching a new public awareness campaign – working in partnership with employers and careers advisers to showcase the benefits and the wide range of opportunities that studying a higher technical qualification can open up and making sure students get the right information, advice and guidance to make informed choices.

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