In the Budget today, the Chancellor is announcing an additional £100m for teaching on the new technical education routes (T routes) for 2019/20 and further increased spending per year afterwards. The new T routes have been planned for many months and will be important for dyslexic teenagers who may want to choose a more technical than academic route. We would urge colleges to ensure that such training is provided in a “dyslexia friendly” way.
There are 15 different areas covered from Health and Science to Digital. The training hours will be increased by more than 50% to 900 hours per year and the schemes include a significant industry work placement.
There is plenty of support for improving our technical skills in the UK. We know we need to upskill post Brexit. The CBI found that around 75% of businesses will require more higher level skills and around 40% need more with intermediate skills. The UK does not compare well with other developed countries as only 10% of 20-45 year olds hold technical qualifications as their highest qualification making us 16th out of the 20 OECD countries, with a worsening picture for intermediate skills where we are likely to be 28th out of 32 in 2020.
The B.D.A. welcomes this new investment in our young people. We would urge colleges to ensure that such training is provided in a “dyslexia friendly” way (for further details of the B.D.A. Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark Criteria please click here.