Tech Bacc to increase employability among young people

Hancock: "Giving young people the skills they need to get good jobs"

Hancock: “Giving young people the skills they need to get good jobs”

The government has announced plans for a new Tech Bacc, due to launch in September 2014 with the aim to be recorded in performance tables by January 2017. Available to those aged 16-19, the Tech Bacc will be a performance measure marking achievement, increasing employability among young people.

Skills Minister Matthew Hancock said: “The Tech Bacc will be a mark of achievement for young people who successfully study three key elements — a rigorous high-quality vocational course, maths and literacy. We are being clear to our young people about the skills they need to succeed and get good jobs. We want an education system in which everyone can reach their potential.

“Our reforms to post-16 qualifications, including the introduction of the new Tech Bacc will do that. They will incentivise the development of high-quality courses and incentivise schools and colleges to offer the courses that get young people on in life. We expect all bright students who want to go into technically skilled jobs or apprenticeships to aim for the Tech Bacc.”