18 July 2018

NFB: Vocational education powers the UK economy

Speaking to the Commons Education Skills Committee, Skills Minister Anne Milton stated that the Department for Education and its providers need to make it clear the additional qualifications that learners get from T-levels.

Milton also said that many parents may “leave it a year” before recommending a new qualification to their children.

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) welcomes this straightforward appraisal from the skills minister and hopes that the Government will redouble efforts to promote T-levels as a first-class learning and career choice.

Technical education does not just offer more flexibility in learning, but an increased number of opportunities to students who do not believe that a traditional academic route suits them.

The increase in vocational opportunities at university shows that employers value employees who can actually do the job. Richard Beresford, chief executive of the NFB, said:

“T-levels offer a unique opportunity to follow an educational path that employers really value. They can also offer an increased number of opportunities to learners who find traditional academic learning inappropriate. Vocational education enables the training of skilled workers in innovative and crucial sectors of the economy. We must do more to convey this message to parents and schools.”