Westminster Employment Forum

The future for higher technical education in England - delivery, simplifying pathways and establishing Institutes of Technology


This seminar will consider the further steps that can be taken by policymakers, education providers and employers to improve England’s technical education offering at Level 4 and 5.

Delegates will assess how qualifications at this level should be reformed as Government conducts a review into higher technical education, which is focusing on ensuring that higher technical qualifications meet the needs of learners and employers - looking at the range of qualifications offered, and simplifying the routes into them and onward progression.

The seminar also takes place in the context of reforms to Level 3 technical qualifications through the introduction of T Levels, and with the Review of Post-18 Education and Funding interim report expected to be published early next year which includes a focus on how to support young people when making choices between academic, vocational and technical education at 18.

Those attending will discuss the changing regulatory landscape in supporting the growth of technical routes available to students following the creation of the OfS, and as the IfA takes on responsibility for technical education.

Further sessions consider the delivery of STEM subjects and lessons learnt from the ongoing process of establishing Institutes of Technology (IoTs) to develop skills in areas such as advanced manufacturing, infrastructure and digital, with Government expected to announce the outcome of its competition to establish IoTs in March 2019.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Employment Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates