Opportunities in the higher technical education landscape
Our new research shows that the higher technical education landscape offers opportunities to secure a pipeline of skilled future scientists and technicians – who are vital to the chemical sciences workforce and the contribution it makes to the UK economy, society and the environment in which we live.
There are opportunities for learners to gain valuable skills and find flexible ways of progressing in the chemical sciences. Employers can also benefit by participating in routes that develop knowledge and skills tailored to their occupational context.
But it is clear that a major barrier to growing participation in these qualifications is awareness, among both prospective learners and employers, of what qualifications at this level can offer.
With the roll out of T-levels in England in 2021 and the introduction of Department for Education reforms to higher technical education, building a consistent and well-used offer that makes the most of the opportunities will require collaboration across our community and with policymakers. This will ensure the needs of the chemical sciences are understood, met, and the benefits communicated to learners and wider society.