An amendment passed in the House of Lords on Tuesday is attempting to stop government removing large swathes of vocational training and qualifications available across Britain.
Qualifications that were taken by more than a quarter of a million students last year. Qualifications that are essential for the hospitality industry.
At no time would it be appropriate to remove the majority of vocational training paths available to young people choosing to follow a career path into hospitality. To do so during the biggest people and skills crisis the industry has ever seen is tantamount to wilful vandalism.
The government’s skills and post-16 education bill will end funding of BTec national diplomas for specialist work-related qualifications. This will be achieved through the Department for Education that earlier this year in July set the process in motion.
The Department for Education are aiming to end funding BTecs and diplomas from August 2023 and August 2024. The move is designed to end any resistance to their implementation of T-levels, replacing traditional vocational qualifications.
T-levels are designed to be on par with 3 A-Levels, this equivalence therefore makes them most suitable for students with high grades of GCSEs, 6–9. Providing an additional qualification path to students already doing well academically, and close paths to those not.
With the removal of BTecs and diplomas, hospitality businesses across Britain will struggle to recruit, train and develop people with sufficient skills to fuel their business. Add that stopgap to the current people and skills crisis in hospitality, and you really do have the perfect recipe for hospitality stagnation.
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