ATL/AMiE comment on allowing further education colleges to award higher technical and vocational awards

Press release
15 July 2014 by ATL Media Office
Peter Pendle, chief executive of AMiE, comments on the Association of Colleges' proposals to allow further education colleges to grant higher technical and vocational awards at degree level.

Commenting on the Association of Colleges' proposals to allow further education colleges to grant higher technical and vocational awards at degree level, Peter Pendle, chief executive of AMiE - the Association of Teachers and Lecturers' (ATL) leadership section, said:

"We support the Association of Colleges' call for technical and vocational education to be given a higher status in England, which is something AMiE has advocated for a long time.

"We are keen to see an end to those studying at further education colleges being regarded as second class citizens.

"We hope there will now be a debate about giving further education colleges the right to award degree-level technical and vocational qualifications, and how best to do this.

"Giving technical and vocational qualifications a higher status would help close the gap between academic and vocational qualifications."

Notes to editors

  1. The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) is an independent, registered trade union and professional association, representing approximately 170,000 teachers, headteachers, lecturers and support staff in maintained and independent nurseries, schools, sixth form, tertiary and further education colleges in the United Kingdom.
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