Why employers and Higher Education support the new BTEC Nationals

Why employers and Higher Education support the new BTEC Nationals


These new BTECs really offer young people
huge opportunity, I know as an employer but also in my work working directly with colleges
and other employers, that what they’re really looking for is a qualification they can gauge
the standard of. These new BTECs really do that, there will
be rigour, they will be to external assessments but most important there’ll be the opportunity
for young people to really achieve their potential and as parents, as teachers, as employers,
that’s what we want to see in our young people. My involvement in the development of the new
BTEC Nationals was as part of a group of industry and Higher Education representatives who looked
at the content of the BTEC, we refined it, we made it more modern, we made it more suitable
for admission to university. There’s a few significant changes, one of
which is to have more mandatory content, which is great for employers and for a professional
body like ourselves, that students coming to us will, we can be certain have similar
levels of knowledge skills and understanding in similar areas, but there’s also the inherent
flexibility in the BTECs that allows them to specialise in different areas. Couple that
with the opportunity to have more rigorous assessment, which we certain feel is the case
and I think we’ve got a really strong package. We’ve been actively involved in the changes
to BTEC, we appreciate that there’s now greater mandatory content and we welcome that. We
also think that it’s a positive move to external assessment. We accept that it will be challenging
but we do like the variety of assessment methods that you can take, not just exam based but
assignment based work that people can do as well so we like that balance, which will enable
our learners, apprentices to show off their knowledge and understanding. I feel the content is very focused, it’s very
specific and it is clear for a student to determine which modules are going with which
pathway and which are mandatory and which are optional. I think the future for BTECs look really good,
the opportunity whilst you’re taking that qualification to learn about business and
undertake in those assessments, some of the things you’ll do when you come into business
will put you in a great position when you come for that first interview. I think the future’s really quite exciting
for students who are thinking about applying to university with a BTEC or actually for
schools and colleges that are thinking about providing a mixture of A level and BTEC subjects
really that help to prepare students a little bit better for Higher Education. I think what’s really exciting here is that
BTECs have a place in the education market, that’s really important. What’s also important
is we’ve been able to take all the best bits of BTEC and then enhance this. It’s all about innovation so this really is an opportunity for us to let young people achieve everything they’re capable of.

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