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Chancellor announces boost for engineering skills

05 November 2012

Chancellor George Osborne, has announced new vocational qualifications in engineering designed to strengthen their value and encourage more schools to offer engineering courses.

George Osborne

The Royal Academy of Engineering – backed by the Department for Education – will work with employers to re-design the Principal Learning element of the Engineering Diploma into four rigorous qualifications, each equivalent to one GCSE. The new qualifications are likely to be included in the Key Stage 4 performance tables from 2016.

The decision to update the 14-19 Diploma in Engineering has been warmly welcomed by the Royal Academy of Engineering as excellent news for growth.

The Academy has been tasked with supporting the reworking of the qualification, which it was instrumental in designing and implementing. It will work with the Department for Education and employers to design the Principal Learning element of the Engineering Diploma into four rigorous qualifications, each equivalent to one GCSE.

The Academy will be conducting its work through a series of public seminars where employers, professional bodies, schools, colleges and awarding bodies can explore what counts as a definitive link between vocational education and the labour market, to ensure that these characteristics are prominent in the qualifications submitted to Ofqual in early 2013. The Academy expects to see the updated Diploma in Engineering accredited for inclusion in the 2016 school performance tables.




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