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Meetings 2024

It has been decided that for 2024 meetings should be both   face to face as well as virtual. Any questions please get in touch with Alan Bellamy, Management Executive [please see ‘get in touch’ page of the website]

Occupational Mapping

 

Professor Sam Allwinkle is leading on a strand of work aimed at the development of an occupational map linked to education and training to provide a comprehensive and transparent landscape of education provision (demand and supply) that is linked to industry (need). It is hoped that this mapping should help to be able to identify areas in which demand and supply are matched and others where there is a mismatch. This is not an easy task as it is both complex and complicated further by the lack of reliable data sources and validity. We expect to be able to use our mapping to inform our discussions with Government policy makers, industry bodies, businesses and professions.

Please get in touch with us if you would like to contribute to this work. 

Offsite Ready Project

The Offsite Ready project aims to develop knowledge and skills in modern methods of construction. It is also an opportunity for those delivering courses in Construction and the Built Environment in the education sector and industry to access free training in offsite construction.

 

The free-to-use online educators’ toolkit provides a range of easily-accessible resources which have been co-designed by industry and academic experts in the field of offsite construction. It provides a recognised CPD opportunity to remotely access the latest resources to best teach the practice of offsite construction.

 

 

CBEE

T Level 

Position Statement

 

 

CBEE agreed that consideration should be given to the preparation of a policy statement setting out our position regarding T Levels. Our position statement has been developed after extensive discussion. It does not represent the views of any individual member but is a consensus view. T Levels might help inspire a new generation to consider positively a future of working in the CBE sector. It was felt that for T Levels to succeed they need to offer clear opportunities for future progression not only to higher education but also importantly to apprenticeships and employment: in this regard, it will be essential to be able to demonstrate a clear and fast track through to apprenticeships and the achievement of full occupational competence. Our statement is organised around three key areas: intent; implementation; impact.

Protecting Student Choice Campaign

The campaign aims to promote the retention of technical and vocational qualifications such as BTECs. The campaign has the backing of a wide range of partners including CBEE itself.

Young people in England can currently choose between three types of Level 3 qualification at the age of 16: academic qualifications such as A levels, technical qualifications that lead to a specific occupation, and applied general qualifications such as BTECs that combine the development of practical skills with academic learning.

In July 2021, the Department for Education confirmed plans to replace this three-route model with a two-route model of A levels and T levels (a new suite of technical qualifications), where most young people pursue one of these qualifications at the age of 16. As a result, funding for the majority of BTEC qualifications and other applied general qualifications will be removed.

The #ProtectStudentChoice campaign coalition of 29 organisations that represent and support staff and students in schools, colleges and universities is deeply concerned about this plan. In our view, it is far too simplistic, and many young people will continue to be better served studying a BTEC rather than an A level or T level-only study programme. Our shared priority is to #ProtectStudentChoice by ensuring that AGQs continue to play a major role in the future qualifications landscape.