Commenting on the announcements, Alex Proudfoot Chief Executive of Independent Higher Education said:
“Independent providers have been pioneers of employer-led technical education and training in the UK for decades. Our members will welcome the Government’s commitment to developing this provision further, and the reforms unveiled today should set us on the road to a high-quality higher technical future.
“We are delighted to see flexibility and specialisation designed into the system from the outset, giving students a real choice in provision from globally recognised brands to emerging industry innovators, all backed by the same rigorous quality mark. A clear and efficient approvals process will need to be matched by a serious funding settlement, allowing higher technical education providers to focus on quality, innovation and investment in the industry standard facilities their students and employers expect.
“In some of the fastest growing industries in the UK, employers are already in the driving seat, working side by side with specialist independent providers to train the next generation of professionals. These reforms promise to bring this successful model of industry-education partnership to more professionals-in-waiting than ever before, with a diverse sector open to all. New institutes can act on their own as beacons for change, but it is creating the twin conditions for excellence, of independence and investment, which will be truly transformational.”
- On 14th July 2020