The Future of Higher Technical Education in England: Expanding Opportunity for All

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This report takes a detailed look at the poor take-up of higher technical education (HTE) in England – often referred to as the ‘missing middle’ or ‘forgotten half’ of the English education landscape, and the challenges this presents to the Government’s ambitions for improving productivity and levelling up economic performance within and between regions.

It closely examines HTQs and IoTs, as they have significant potential to boost the take-up of higher technical education, supported by a number of other policy initiatives including the Lifelong Loan Entitlement, the Lifetime Skills Guarantee and Local Skills Improvement Plans. The report’s recommendations aim to ensure that all policy initiatives in relation to higher technical education are appropriately developed and supported, in order to make a genuine difference in this field.