Support from city MP for vocational qualification

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PENNY Mordaunt has welcomed the new technical baccalaureate which is designed to help young people get the high-quality vocational education they deserve.

The ‘TechBacc’, announced by the government this week, will combine three elements – a vocational qualification, a maths qualification and an extended project to test literacy skills.

It will give young people a vocational alternative to academic routes.

Ms Mordaunt, the MP for Portsmouth North said: ‘This announcement is fantastic news for young people in Portsmouth who want to work hard towards a technically-skilled job or apprenticeship.

‘For too long, too many students haven’t had the chance to study for high-quality vocational qualifications that are recognised by employers.

‘This measure will ensure that young people receive a rigorous education in the skills employers value and help them get the jobs they deserve.’

Skills Minister Matthew Hancock said: ‘We are being clear to our young people about the skills they need to succeed and get good jobs.

‘We want an education system in which everyone can reach their potential.

‘Our reforms to post-16 qualifications, including the introduction of the new TechBacc will do that. They will incentivise the development of high-quality courses and incentivise schools and colleges to offer the courses that get young people on in life.’