The Chartered Management Institute commented on the Department for Education’s new plans for transforming post-16 technical education. Under the current system, school-leavers can choose between a staggering 20,000 courses. Through the new arrangement, there will be 15 “routes” covering the main skills that the economy needs. The details have been published in the Post-16 skills plan and independent report on technical education.
These routes will, says the report, be “primarily delivered through apprenticeships” and will contain core elements such as English, mathematics and digital learning. The objective is that students will achieve a level of specialist skills by the end of the programme.
Petra Wilton, the Chartered Management Institute’s director of strategy and external affairs, commented:
“Engaging employers in defining these new technical routes for young people will be essential to creating a skilled workforce. The government’s post-16 skills plan should build on the lessons learnt from the successful development of new apprenticeship standards, such as the leadership and management apprenticeships which are a result of a 30-strong group of employers working in partnership with the professional body and education providers.
“While there is clearly lots of detail to be worked through, we welcome these reforms and look forward to working with the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education to help align these new routes to apprenticeships and provide far more simple pathways to developing professionals for the future.”
This week, CMI launched two new management and leadership trailblazer apprenticeships giving employers a greater range of options for productivity boosting investment in the next generation of managers. They provide professional qualifications for team leader and operations manager roles, adding to the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship that was launched in November 2015.
Full press release on www.managers.org.uk