Westminster Employment Forum

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

December 2018

This seminar brought together national policy makers with stakeholders to consider the steps that can be taken by educators and policymakers to improve the current offering for technical education at level 4 and 5, as we move into a new age of technical learning.

This included an updated on the level 4-5 review by the Department for Education.

The seminar provided an opportunity to assess progress and current trends in higher technical education, as well as expectations for the implementation of Institutes of Technology and T-levels, which will replace the current offering at level 3. Discussion included viewpoints from candidates of the IoT competition, as well as international perspectives, with the focus being a on the need for a clear technical pathway that achieves parity of esteem with academic options.

Further sessions considered the existing regulatory framework and explored how the various bodies will fit into the evolving technical education landscape, including the expansion of the role of the IfA, and the newly formed OfS. Included in this was the role of qualifications, and awarding bodies, and how these will continue to be moderated by Ofqual.

Later discussion surrounded channels of information, and the importance of students being provided with the right information, at the right time, to ensure they are aware of all available options.

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