The government’s Post-16 Skills Plan, following the Lord Sainsbury review, proposes an overhaul of technical education for 16-18 year olds. Many of the reforms are welcome: aligning the skills system to the needs of employers, eliminating ‘low value’ qualifications and ensuring financial sustainability of the system. But what about the potential negative effects of a system that awards a licence to a single awarding organisation to deliver a qualification? With no competition, could it lead to complacency within some awarding organisations and a lapse in the quality of the service they provide?
Michael Lemin, policy leader at NCFE, exams the possible effects of the Post-16 Plan in this article.