It is excellent news that a proposal led by Fareham College, based in the constituency, has been successful in securing funds from the Government’s £18m Higher Technical Education Growth Fund. The fund will support providers to build capacity to grow high quality provision and raise the prestige of approved Higher Technical Qualifications amongst learners and employers. This is ahead of the first qualifications being taught in September 2022.
Higher Technical Qualifications are a high-quality addition to technical training routes, alongside apprenticeships. They are new and existing Level 4 and 5 qualifications (such as HNDs/Foundation Degrees/Diploma HE) that have been approved against occupational standards that meet employer needs. By completing higher technical courses, students will be supported to secure the skills our economy needs in key industries such as Digital, Construction, and Health & Science. Last summer, we set out the government’s plans to make higher technical education a more popular and prestigious choice that provides the skills employers need.
The Growth Fund was launched to support these reforms and the Government looks forward to working with the successful providers to make sure they are in a good place to deliver.