14 Jul 2020
MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today (14 July) commented on the government’s reforms to higher technical education.
Dr Greg Walker, Chief Executive of MillionPlus, said:
“These proposals are a sensible step forward aimed at helping boost higher education in areas related to skills and knowledge in technical areas. Modern universities are major providers of higher technical education, both in their work-focused degrees and in their sub-degree qualifications. They utilise industry expertise and cutting-edge equipment to ensure their courses give people the necessary skills for the rapidly evolving workplaces of the 2020s and beyond. The majority of MillionPlus university full degree programmes are aligned to the government’s technical routes, while they also provide a third of the sub-degree HE qualifications referred to in this announcement.
“It is good to see plans to implement some of the recommendations outlined in our recent Higher Technical Education report. The government should not miss the opportunity to boost the take up of these important technical qualifications by restoring maintenance grants for those studying them. This is a critical step in supporting people to upskill and reskill in the decade ahead. If we are to rebuild Britain to be better than before, work-focused higher education will play a key part."
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