ICE welcomes Government report on technical education changes

ICE welcomes the Government’s white paper on the reform of technical education but cautions more detail is needed for successful implementation

Commenting on the Government’s proposed reform of technical education, Seán Harris, ICE Director of Membership, said:

“This report, commissioned by Lord Sainsbury for the Government, is a welcome contribution to the ongoing drive for a more highly skilled workforce. Importantly, it proposes to simplify technical education routes and improve careers guidance, which will help prospective students to identify a path that is right for them. Clearly, there will be much detail to iron out before any implementation.

“It is vital that construction and engineering courses lead to professional, work-based qualifications – any plans to reform the provision of college-taught technical engineering qualifications must guarantee this. We are committed to working with Government and other stakeholders, to continue to ensure that engineers receive the professional training and skills that businesses need to grow the economy and deliver a better quality of life.”

Notes to editors

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is a leading source of professional expertise in transport, water supply and treatment, flood management, waste and energy. Established in 1818, it has 91,000 members, 25% of whom are based overseas. ICE’s vision is to place civil engineering at the heart of society, delivering sustainable development through knowledge, skills and professional expertise. ICE has long worked with the government of the day to help it to achieve its objectives, and has worked with industry to ensure that construction and civil engineering remain major contributors to the UK economy.