New hospitality vocational qualifications need backing, says DoE

The Department of Education (DoE) has stated that companies within the hospitality sector should back new vocational qualifications that have been announced by the UK government.

The new 'tech levels' for 16 to 19 year-olds will see exam boards first needing approval from professional bodies that are registered with Companies House. The hospitality sector is one industry that has been deemed relevant for this consultation, alongside IT, accounting and engineering.

The professional bodies must be able to validate that such qualifications would actually lead on to a job or apprenticeship for the partaking individuals.

Only by this agreement, would then the qualifications be included in performance tables. Only those level 3, or advanced, qualifications which have the support of businesses or universities will be included in new-look 16 to 19 performance tables from 2016. This will be the first time that the DoE will allow exam boards to list the employers which support their courses, meaning that only the best will hit the top of the league tables.

Skills minister Matthew Hancock said: “Tech levels will recognise rigorous and responsive technical education. High-quality rigorous vocational education is essential to future prosperity, and the life chances of millions. Because technical education is so important, it is vital the qualifications young people take are stretching, high-quality and support their aspirations. These reforms are unashamedly aspirational and will ensure tech levels help people into apprenticeships and jobs."

The DoE went on to state that these new changes intend to boost the vocational field, and also contribute towards a recovering economy. With more individuals being trained in the sector, the aim of the scheme is the creation of a wide array of hospitality jobs.

It is hoped that the tech levels will be available for study from September next year.

Berkeley Scott is a specialist recruitment agency providing hospitality employment solutions.