City & Guilds TechBac – Offering real choice in 14 – 19 education

Young people will soon have more choice when selecting their 14 -19 educational options after 137 new City & Guilds Technical Qualifications at KS4 and KS5 were approved by the Department for Education (DfE).

21 January 2016 / Be the first to comment

The announcement means the City & Guilds Technicals will appear alongside GCSEs and A Levels on performance tables from September 2018. They will be available for teaching across the UK from this September.

Kirstie Donnelly MBE – MD City & Guilds said:  “We are delighted to have had so many of our new level two and three Technical Qualifications recognised by the DfE. This sends a clear message that Government supports high quality professional and technical education and views it as a crucial to the evolution of the UK educational landscape as it focusses on better meeting the needs of industry.

The Technicals form the core of the City & Guilds TechBac®, a new way of learning for 14 – 19 year olds. Now available in 13 subject areas the TechBac was created to offer a genuine alternative to traditional academic routes and help learners to feel ready for work.

Kirstie continued: “The City & Guilds TechBac offers vitally important choice at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5, giving young people the opportunity to chose high quality professional and technical qualifications that allow them to progress onto the next level of education or straight into work, without closing off any options. Uniquely the TechBac also gives young people opportunities to develop the skills and characteristics that are essential for today’s workplace yet still lacking among the majority of young people leaving education.”

“We believe critical to our success was close working with industry throughout the development of our new qualifications to ensure they genuinely develop the skills and aptitudes that their businesses need.”

Every young person who studies these full-time courses gains the skills needed to progress onto an apprenticeship, higher apprenticeship, further education, or into a job. Crucially they will now also be able to use their qualifications to go on to university, as the higher level Technicals all carry UCAS points and students studying them are able to achieve the equivalent of three A-Levels.

The new City & Guilds Technical Qualifications have been designed with employers and providers to give young people the most up-to-date and relevant technical skills needed for the world of work.

To find out more about the City & Guilds TechBac visit the City & Guilds website www.cityandguilds.com/techbac

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