Sixteen-year-olds in England should not be restricted to a choice of A-levels or T-levels, business leaders say. The Confederation of British Industry says the government needs to avoid “premature” cuts to other qualifications such as Btecs. The BBC rpeorts.
Ministers have been consulting on withdrawing money from qualifications that may overlap with T-levels.
They have made it clear they would prefer students who want to study choosing from these two types of qualifications after GCSEs.
Any qualifications that aren’t proven to help teenagers get into further study or work would also be under threat.
While there is support for the principle of a simpler system, with strong technical options for students, many organisations are expressing concerns about too much change too quickly.
John Cope, the CBI’s head of education and skills, said: “Bringing clarity to an often confusing landscape of 13,000 technical qualifications is long overdue, but must be done gradually with time for employers and providers to adapt.”
At the moment around 200,000 16 to 19-year-olds study each year for either a Btec or one of the thousands of applied general qualifications.
The government has suggested that too many of the 12,000 qualifications on offer to teenagers may be either obsolete or not rigorous enough.
The Federation of Small Businesses said change should be gradual and that “the system should not be reformed until all students in England are able to access all T-level routes that will eventually become available”.
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