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Next steps for higher technical education - HTQ implementation, funding, coordination, and role within the wider skills and education system

January 2022


Price: £95 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


This conference will be an opportunity to discuss the rollout of the newly approved Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs) from September 2022, including their potential impact on skills needs and post-pandemic economic recovery.


It will be a timely opportunity to consider funding for higher technical education - including the Government’s Higher Technical Education Provider Growth Fund and priorities for Institutes of Technology (IOTs) - as well as the role of HTQs in the wider skills system and what is needed to develop a more joined-up system moving forward.


We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from  Cheryl Mendes, Head of Higher Technical Education, Department for Education; Cerian Ayres, National Head of Technical Education, Education and Training Foundation; Simon Field, Director, Skills Policy; and Jonathan Ledger, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Specialist, Department for International Trade.


Sessions in the agenda include:


  • delivery of Higher Technical Qualifications - progress and next steps
  • implementation priorities - support for providers, readiness and putting in place adequate capacity, harnessing the Growth Fund, and improving awareness and take-up
  • learning from international best practice and developing a coherent system for England
  • HTQs in the wider skills system - progression from the new T Level qualifications and other post-16 qualifications, pathways to HE, and achieving a joined-up skills framework
  • aligning HTQs with the needs of key sectors - including upskilling the workforce
  • the role of HTQs post-pandemic - addressing regional and national skills shortages, meeting the needs of employers, and supporting economic recovery and social mobility
  • priorities for the approval scheme and the future outlook for HTQs

the Department for International Trade; the Department for the Economy, NI; the DWP;


The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from BEIS; the DfE; DIT; the Department for the Economy, NI; the DWP; the NAO and the Welsh Government.



This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles