Westminster Higher Education Forum

Higher technical education in England - qualification reform, regulation and delivery

Morning, Thursday, 31st October 2019

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This timely seminar will look at the next steps for higher technical qualifications in England.


The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to discuss themes emerging from the Department for Education’s upcoming consultation on the introduction of a ‘new generation’ of qualifications at level 4-5 from 2022, following the recently published Augar review of post-18 education and funding, which recommended the introduction of a lifelong learning allowance at level 4-5 for adults without a degree.


It also comes as the Government conducts a wider review of qualifications at level 4-5, with interim evidence published last Summer finding issues with guidance for students on choice of qualifications, employer engagement and understanding of available provision, staffing and equipment costs, and complexity in the regulatory system causing difficulties for learning providers.


Qualification reform - design, delivery and regulation


Delegates will consider:


  • what the new qualifications should look like to ensure that they meet the needs of students, employers and the wider economy;
  • how a smooth transition from T-Levels and support for onward progression can be developed;
  • key issues for delivery;
  • improving employer engagement; and
  • ensuring that the reformed qualifications are of sufficient quality to secure high take up.

They will also discuss funding arrangements for both providers and learners including looking at the potential introduction of lifelong learning allowance as recommended in the Augar Review, and the impact this would have on delivery and take-up.


Those attending will also look at the regulation of the new qualifications and the potential roles of the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, Ofqual and the Office for Students.


Following the recent announcement of the first 12 Institutes of Technology, expected to start opening in September, delegates will look forward to how successful candidates will implement their institute proposals, and their likely wider impact particularly in developing skills in areas such as advanced manufacturing, infrastructure and digital.


Delegates will also consider the regional coverage of announced winners, levels of funding, and the prevalence of cold spots in the coverage of higher technical education across England.


Further sessions look at the logistics and planning of provision, with concerns surrounding the coverage and consistency of higher technical education.


Delegates will discuss how data capture and cooperation with local government can be improved so as to ensure the supply of higher technical education provision is matched with demand - and to avoid regional cold spots and combat skills shortages in particular areas.


We also expect discussion on providing for the expansion of the FE workforce - and the infrastructure to support them - to match growth in the sector expands, as well as maintaining quality standards.



Keynote Speakers

Michael Davies

Deputy Director, Technical Qualifications Development and Regulation, Department for Education

Lucy Sydney

Director of Strategic Relationships for VTQ, Ofqual

Professor Janice Kay

Provost and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Exeter

Keynote Speakers

Michael Davies

Deputy Director, Technical Qualifications Development and Regulation, Department for Education

Lucy Sydney

Director of Strategic Relationships for VTQ, Ofqual

Professor Janice Kay

Provost and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Exeter

Speaker

Patrick Craven

Director, Policy, Quality and Stakeholder Engagement, City & Guilds