Hands: TechBacc will give young people the skills they need to get on

Greg Hands M.P. has welcomed the new Technical Baccalaureate designed to help young people get the high-quality vocational education they deserve.

The TechBacc, announced by the Government this week, will combine three key elements:

  • •    A high-quality Level 3 vocational qualification — only the best courses, recognised by employers, will continue to count in league tables.
  • •    A Level 3 ‘core maths’ qualification — this will include AS level maths.
  • •    An extended project — developing and testing students' skills in extended writing, communication, research, and self-discipline and self-motivation.

This new measure will finally give vocational education the high status it deserves, putting it on a par with A-level study and recognising excellence. It will give young people a first-class vocational alternative to academic routes, ensuring they have the technical ability employers want, while giving Britain the skilled workforce it needs to compete in the global race.

Commenting, Greg Hands M.P. said: “This announcement is fantastic news for young people in Chelsea and Fulham who want to work hard towards a technically skilled job or apprenticeship.

“For too long, too many students haven’t had the chance to study for high-quality vocational qualifications that are recognised by employers. This measure will ensure that young people receive a rigorous education in the skills that employers value. It will help them get the jobs they deserve.”

Skills Minister, Matthew Hancock said: “The TechBacc will be a mark of achievement for young people who successfully study three key elements – a rigorous high-quality vocational course, maths and literacy. We are being clear to our young people about the skills they need to succeed and get good jobs. We want an education system in which everyone can reach their potential.

“Our reforms to post-16 qualifications, including the introduction of the new TechBacc will do that. They will incentivise the development of high-quality courses and incentivise schools and colleges to offer the courses that get young people on in life.”