Theresa May was in Derbyshire this week calling for a parity of esteem between technical and academic qualifications. She also talked about an independent review of fees and student finance.
The current funding system favours higher education learning with streamlined, detailed funding options available, but this is not the case when it comes to technical or vocational training.
The sector has been reacting to the post-18 funding review:
CEO of the Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT), Alan Woods OBE, said: “Higher and further education funding is causing a multitude of issues, and we cautiously welcome the Government’s pledge to carry out an independent review. However, there is still a lack of focus on the needs of further education learners and the benefits which vocational and technical training provides to businesses and the wider economy.”
He added, “We would like to see the review focus on creating an education system which balances the strengths of both higher and further education, and this will be a real litmus test of the Government’s commitments to increasing the number of skills-based learners, enabling variety for higher education learners, and supporting apprentices.”