MP welcomes announcement on vocational training

Wealden MP Charles Hendry
Wealden MP Charles Hendry

Hailsham MP Charles Hendry has welcomed the government’s decision to introduce the new Technical Baccalaureate.

The Technical Baccalaureate was announced as part of the government’s drive to enhance to high-quality vocational and occupational education.

The TechBacc will be a performance measure marking achievement for young people aged 16 to 19 who successfully study three key elements; a rigorous, high quality vocational course, maths and literacy.

The Baccalaureate aims to help put vocational education on a par with A-Levels and gain recognition of its excellence.

The government hopes the introduction of this Baccalaureate will help with the development of high-quality courses and encourage schools and colleges to offer courses that help young people prepare for their future careers.

In support of the government’s announcement, Mr Hendry said, “We want to be clear to young people about the skills they need to succeed and get good jobs; ensuring that they have the technical ability employers want.

“The UK has long fallen short on vocational training, when compared to other countries like Germany, and I am delighted this is now being addressed.

“This is about delivering an education system in which every child can reach their potential; so that Britain can succeed in the global race.”

The TechBacc will be introduced for courses beginning in September 2014.