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Post-16 level 2 and below, study and qualifications in England: A call for evidence

The Government wants to ensure that Level 2 allows for a range of Level 3 study if the student wishes, including study, apprenticeships, traineeships, supported internships or to move directly into the workplace.

The Government wants to know more about what works in Level 2 and below to support more students.

The IET will respond to various issues within the consultation. The IET aims to answer the following questions:

  • Would a new form of transition programme be the best way to support progression for 16 to 19-year-olds who want to study at Level 3, but are not quite ready to progress and do not plan to take a T Level? If not, please suggest an alternative approach.
  • Do you have evidence of existing effective practice in the design of study programmes to support 16 to 19-year-old students to progress to Level 3? Please provide details.
  • Alongside apprenticeships, are classroom-based alternatives at Level 2 necessary in your industry?
  • Where Level 2 classroom-based study leads to employment, our starting point is that it should be aligned with employer-led standards. What further actions can we take to ensure that, as far as possible, classroom-based qualifications hold the same value in the labour market as apprenticeships and that they work alongside each other effectively?
  • Where Level 2 classroom-based study leads to employment, our starting point is that it should be aligned with employer-led standards. Are there any types of Level 2 classroom-based study leading to employment where this would not be suitable?
  • How useful are Level 2 qualifications for the purpose of upskilling adults in employment? Please give specific examples, or indicate whether other methods are more effective.
  • Does Level 2 study play a role in supporting adults in employment to progress to Level 3 qualifications?
  • What are the benefits of having three sub-levels at entry-level?

The Institution of Engineering and Technology Trustees propose submitting a response to this consultation and invite comments from Members who have expertise in this area and have studied the consultation documents. In its capacity as a professional body, the IET will confine itself to only addressing those questions that are within its area(s) of competence.

For more information and a summary of the questions, please refer to the consultation webpage.

Please respond no later than 9am 20th January 2021 to Duncan Kenyon with "Post-16 level 2 and below, study and qualifications in England: A Call for Evidence" in the subject line.