The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) is launching a new quality mark to make it easier for employers and learners to know which qualifications will provide the best training route to highly-skilled jobs. IfATE is positioning this as the first step in reversing the national shortage of higher technical skills.
In England, only 1 in 10 people have a level 4 or 5 as their highest qualification. This new quality mark aims to show the value in approved higher technical education qualifications and increase participation.
IfATE has published new guidance for awarding bodies to show how they can take part in the new approvals process. The first year will focus on digital qualifications for occupations such as network engineer, cyber-security technologist, and software developer.
Awarding organisations and universities with relevant qualifications can apply from today (23rd September). The window for applications will remain open until 16th December 2020. Click here to view the guidelines and find out how to apply.
Jennifer Coupland, chief executive of the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education said: “There is a clear shortage in this country of higher technical skills and I’m delighted to be taking steps to tackle that.”
“This quality mark will be a huge help to employers and learners with identifying which qualifications are really high quality.”
The first qualifications under the new quality mark will be available from September 2022. The next applications will then focus on qualifications in construction, health, and science.
The Institute also set out a plan to consult with employers on the applications. We will let you know when this consultation goes live and how you can take part.
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