Michael Gove, Education Secretary (left) and Matthew Hancock, Skills Minister visiting Uxbridge CollegeEducation Secretary Michael Gove marked the announcement of the new Technical Baccalaureate measure with a visit to Uxbridge College.Mr Gove and his colleague Matthew Hancock, Skills Minister, met employers, students and staff to discuss the new measure as it was announced on Monday 22 April.Mr Gove and Mr

IMG 5838Michael Gove, Education Secretary (left) and Matthew Hancock, Skills Minister visiting Uxbridge CollegeEducation Secretary Michael Gove marked the announcement of the new Technical Baccalaureate measure with a visit to Uxbridge College.

Mr Gove and his colleague Matthew Hancock, Skills Minister, met employers, students and staff to discuss the new measure as it was announced on Monday 22 April.

Mr Gove and Mr Hancock discussed the benefits of vocational training with a group of employers, and then met computing students and motor vehicle maintenance students and talked to them about their studies.

The TechBacc will be a performance measure used in Government league tables, and will consist of one of a number of existing vocational qualifications at A-level standard, along with good standards of numeracy and literacy. The measure is designed to show students have the skills required by employers.

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, maths 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.”

Laraine Smith OBE, Principal of Uxbridge College, said: “Uxbridge College is delighted its commitment to providing high quality vocational education was recognised with this visit from two of the most senior national figures in education and skills policy.

“Any measure which helps spread the word that vocational and technical qualifications are uniquely valuable to business and young people alike is extremely welcome.

“The meeting with our guest employers, who represented the wide range of businesses we work with from small enterprises to major corporations, gave ministers an insight into the importance of vocational education to business. The employers talked about how working with Uxbridge College not only helps them get access to young people with skills, but also helps them shape those skills in the way that works for them.

“Whether you are a large or small business it is crucial to have the right people with the right skills to support growth and optimum productivity – and working with a further education college such as Uxbridge College is the ideal way to do this.”

The employers who met with Mr Gove and Mr Hancock, many of whom employ apprentices, were Heathrow, Alchemy Electrical, Courtwood Car Services, Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd, MITIE, Parkfield House Nursing Home, and Everglade Windows.

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

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