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New TechBacc will give vocational education the high status it deserves

06 May 2013

The government this week underlined its commitment to high-quality vocational and occupational education by announcing a new 'technical baccalaureate', which will provide an alternative to A levels. The TechBacc will be a performance measure, marking achievement by young people aged 16 to 19.

Skills Minister, Matthew Hancock, said, "The TechBacc will be a mark of achievement for young people who successfully study three key elements — a rigorous high-quality vocational course, mathemathics and literacy. We are being clear to our young people about the skills they need to succeed and get good jobs. We want an education system in which everyone can reach their potential. Our reforms to post-16 qualifications, including the introduction of the new TechBacc, will support that. They will incentivise the development of high-quality courses by schools and colleges, to help young people get on in life. We expect all bright students who want to go into technically skilled jobs or apprenticeships to aim for the TechBacc."

The TechBacc will be introduced for courses beginning in September 2014, and reported for the first time in college and school sixth form performance tables in January 2017. 

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