Qualifications remain the assured way to prove the competence of those meeting our country’s skills needs, and we know from our history of serving the needs of the engineering and manufacturing sector just how much employers value them. The accumulation of goods at our ports and the increasing pace of digitalisation (in engineering, manufacturing and elsewhere) may seem like very different issues, but the thing they have in common is the need to grow our skills base – and therefore the need for industry-backed qualifications.
All systems are go for the launch of the new Space Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Standard – powered by Airbus, the University of Leicester and specialist engineering sector connector Enginuity in conjunction with awarding organisation EAL.
Updated: 22 October 2020
Arrangements for the Assessment and Awarding of Vocational, Technical and Other General Qualifications in 2020-2021
The government's expectation is that assessments should take place in the academic year 2020 to 2021 because that is the fairest way of providing results for learners. However, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in loss of education and training during the spring and summer terms of the academic year 2019 to 2020. It is also likely that some public health restrictions will be put in place during the 2020/2021 academic year, and that further disruption may occur on a localised basis, which may affect teaching and learning and the delivery of assessments.
To enable awarding organisations to assist with mitigating the impact of disruption to teaching, learning and assessment, and any ongoing disruption of restrictions on the delivery of assessments, through the adaptation of assessments within qualifications Ofqual have published their consultation decisions to set out the expected arrangements in the academic year 2020 to 2021. Ofqual's publications on the arrangements can be accessed here: VTQ Assessment Arrangements.
City & Guilds in collaboration with specialist engineering awarding organisation EAL were awarded the contracts to deliver three engineering and manufacturing T Levels, following a tender process. This is following the success of our winning partnership to deliver construction qualifications in Wales and the T Level in Construction: Building Services Engineering last year. They are:
- Engineering and Manufacturing: Manufacturing, Processing and Control
- Engineering and Manufacturing: Maintenance, Installation and Repair
- Engineering and Manufacturing: Design and Development
As a response to the COVID crisis, all exams due to take place in schools and colleges this summer were cancelled. Ofqual was tasked with establishing two temporary regulatory frameworks – one for General Qualifications (GQs) and one for Vocational and Technical Qualifications (VTQs) to allow awarding organisations and exam boards to assign a grade to as many learners as possible this summer in a fair and consistent way, enabling those learners to progress to the next stage of their learning or employment with qualifications that would be recognised by educational establishments and employers.