Further Education and TVET in the UK

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There’s a large international market for Further Education and skills development.  The UK is a fine example of a country developing their economy with programmes or comprehensive systems of further education and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).


TVET is delivered in a variety of ways, through apprenticeship programmes or full or part time study, through a Further Education college or training partner.

The UK further education qualifications are offered in two ways:

Academic courses: help you prepare for higher education at a university or college.  They aim to develop your analytical skills, critical thinking and knowledge.

Vocational courses: give you the skills and qualifications you need to enter and succeed in your chosen career.  They offer technical training and skills for the workplace.

A substantial global business for the UK VET sector

The UK education system is among the best in the world, with world-class organisations at the forefront of education.  But this isn’t just good luck – it’s a result of a dedicated approach, such as the UKI Education strategy.

The UK has developed a strong framework to engage employers in training.

UKTI Education, a partnership between the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, alongside UK Trade & Investment, works with overseas governments, states and businesses that want to engage UK partners in large-scale education projects.  UKTI Education’s purpose is to ensure potential overseas partners can easily access UK expertise for their education priorities.

The UK’s approach is to adapt its education offer to meet each partner’s needs and cater for all requirements from vocational and technical training, continuing professional development and leadership training to higher education, English language training and schools.  The Government identifies high value commercial education opportunities and then works with the education and training sector to prepare effective, coordinated responses.

262 million further education students by 2025

The UK has an outstanding reputation for the quality of its higher education, with the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) world rankings placing three UK universities in the world’s top five.

QS’s global survey of 27,000 graduate employers, one of six indicators used to compile the rankings, indicates that UK degrees are highly valued by employers, with graduates from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge rated as the most employable in the world.

Thirty five UK universities have established significant campuses overseas, in the Middle East, China and southeast Asia.  Many universities have launched online, open access courses, with the Open University’s FutureLearn platform providing access to courses from more than 20 UK universities.  There’s also been a growth in countries partnering with UK universities to develop their own higher education provision.

Investing in skilled workers through vocational education

As the UK economy develops, it will require more skilled workers.  TVET prepares individuals for the world of work, with skills related to a specific field.

If you’d like support with workforce development, or an insight into local VET opportunities, please email Wendy Perry on wendy@wpaa.com.au.

January 2016





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