City & Guilds responds to Government Technical Awards announcement

Qualifications alone won't make you work-ready, City & Guilds warns

18 June 2014 / Be the first to comment

Qualifications alone won't make a young person ready for work, City & Guilds warned today.

This came after the Department for Education announced it's Technical Awards for 14 to 16 year-olds.

While City & Guilds has always supported high-quality vocational training, it is concerned that the Government is forgetting the other components of helping students get work-ready.

Commenting on the speech, Kirstie Donnelly, UK Managing Director of City & Guilds, said: ‘We’ve always supported high-quality vocational options at 14. Such rigorous qualifications are key to developing the UK’s future workforce and filling ever-increasing skills gaps. The Government’s recognition of this and the renewed focus on building technical skills into our curriculum is welcome news. For too long, outdated views have prevented many young people from pursuing vocational options.

'We continue to support high-quality qualifications developed in partnership with employers, such as these new Technical Awards. However, qualifications alone aren’t enough to prepare young people for the world of work. They need mentoring, work experience, and tailored careers advice, which is exactly what City & Guilds’ new TechBac will provide. Although this is initially launching for 16 year-olds in September, we are keen to work with the new TechBacc measure Trailblazers as we develop the TechBac for 14 year-olds over the next year.'

Learn more about City & Guilds TechBac.

Read the full Government announcement.

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