Ofqual's response to government's post-16 skills plan


July 8
11:07 2016

It is in everybodys interest to establish an infrastructure that can produce high-quality technical qualifications that reflect standards set by employers. We also welcome the Governments commitment to long-term planning and stability as the best way of securing the development and delivery of trusted qualifications that are widely understood. And we are committed to working with the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education in its new extended role.

We agree with Lord Sainsburys independent panel that the proliferation of vocational qualifications can be confusing to employers and learners. Given these concerns, we will as a first step shortly remove around 2,000 qualifications from our register that have not been awarded for at least two years. We will write to awarding organisations to explain how we intend to achieve this significant reduction.

Sally Collier, Chief Regulator, said:

The effective regulation of the vocational qualifications market in England is one of Ofquals priorities. I welcome the long-term vision for technical qualifications set out by the government in the Skills Plan. We will use our assessment expertise, understanding of the qualifications market and authority as the independent qualifications regulator to help deliver these goals.

Awarding organisations affected by our changes will hear from us by the end of July.

Related Articles


  1. We don't have any comments for this article yet. Why not join in and start a discussion.

Write a Comment

Your name:
Your email:

Post my comment

Recent Comments

Follow Us on Twitter

Share This

Enjoyed this? Why not share it with others if you've found it useful by using one of the tools below: