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Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs) are a new government initiative, created in response to skills shortages in specific areas of the economy, and the need to attract people with Level 4 and Level 5 qualifications into these job roles.

The new qualifications have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses and have been rigorously assessed by a panel of experts at the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

The first of these qualifications are being rolled out in September 2022 for digital-related subjects. The digital arena is an area which is expected to grow over the coming years, yet participation in digital training had been in decline since 2015 at all levels and in all types of qualifications. In 2023, courses in construction, and health and science will also be released.

HTQs will provide students with the skills and qualifications needed to progress into their chosen career, or progress to further higher-level study including a full degree programme or degree apprenticeship.

“For the first time, learners and employers will know which digital Level 4 and 5 qualifications map to employer-led standards for specific roles – a great option for students aged 18-plus and adults looking to retrain or upskill.” Gillian Keegan, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills

Further details of the HTQ courses available at Petroc will be announced soon.

If you would like to know more about HTQs, please contact HE@petroc.ac.uk.

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