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Spring Budget 2017: KPMG welcomes the Government’s intention to improve status of technical education

Government will be investing in technical education

Anna Purchas, partner and head of learning at KPMG in the UK comments on the Spring Budget 2017.

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Chancellor Philip Hammond announced that the Government will be investing in technical education for 16-19 year olds with the introduction of T-levels*.

The Government will also increase the number of programme hours of training for technical routes by more than 50%, to over 900 hours a year on average, including the completion of a high quality industry work placement.

Anna Purchas, partner and head of learning at KPMG in the UK comments “Businesses look for certain behaviours and capabilities when recruiting, such as curiosity and agility, as well as academic achievements.  T-levels, if designed in partnership with business, have the potential to provide the skills organisations need and may also enable employers to access a previously untapped pool of talent, if the new qualifications appeal to those put off by the traditional academic route.

“Offering placements as part of this training will prepare young people for the world of work and give them the chance to learn new skills, while testing out a future career.  However, the quality of these placements need to be monitored in order to ensure they offer a real chance to learn and experience the business, not just make the tea. Our own scheme, KPMG discovery**, has helped us offer talented future employees the chance to experience our business and see if a career in professional services would suit them.

“We therefore welcome the Government’s plans to achieve parity of esteem between academic and technical quality education with the introduction of T-levels, and we await further information from the Government on their proposed plans.”

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Notes to editors:

*T-levels:  16-19 Technical education – The government will deliver the recommendations of Lord Sainsbury’s panel. The government will increase the number of programme hours of training for 16-19 year olds on technical routes by more than 50%, to over 900 hours a year on average, including the completion of a high quality industry work placement during the programme. To ensure the routes are well-designed and colleges properly prepared, they will be introduced from 2019-20, increasing funding in line with this roll out, with over £500 million of additional funding invested per year once routes are fully implemented.

*KPMG Discovery Programme: A 2-5 day work placement designed for students in year 12 or S5 https://www.kpmgcareers.co.uk/school-leavers/school-and-college-leaver-programmes/kpmg-discovery 

 

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