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Higher technical education gets a boost

16 June 2021 Agnes Donnelly

Known as the 'missing middle' of England's education system, higher technical education (HTE) got a welcome boost last week when the government announced £30m of investment in capacity building and course development over the next year. HTE is a critical area of education provision in England, offering vital progression pathways for young people wanting to access high-skilled jobs early in their careers, as well as opportunities for upskilling and retraining the adult workforce.

The announcement included a new £18m Growth Fund will provide support for Further Education Colleges (FECs), universities and independent training providers intending to offer digital, health & science and construction Higher Technical Qualifications as they become approved by IFATE over the next 2 years. Funding will enable providers to meet the demands of these high qual

Student, college and school perspectives on information shared about educational pathways

15 June 2021 Agnes Donnelly

A new report by Pye Tait, examining the breadth, quality and frequency of information being provided to school and college students about their onward education options has revealed a persistent gap in knowledge of 11–19-year-olds between academic routes and technical education routes.

Over 300 students were surveyed and interviewed, and reported that they heard about A-levels more than any other option (in some cases talking about A-levels weekly throughout their school life), with most satisfied about the level of information about this route. This contrasts with their experience of the range of technical options, where a fifth of respondents said they were dissatisfied with t

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