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Further Education

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 15 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of the relevance of diploma qualifications to the needs of employers; and what steps he is taking to take employers’ views into account when revising the content and structure of diplomas. (285425)

Diplomas were created through consultation with over 5,000 employers, and employers lead the Diploma Development Partnerships responsible for developing diploma content. We have a network of over 100 Diploma Employer Champions who support Diplomas and act as champions for them in their sectors. Many employers are actively engaging in the delivery of diplomas, working directly with schools and colleges in their local areas, reinforcing the principle that diplomas are applied learning in the workplace. The Employer Task Force, which will be launched in the autumn, will provide further opportunities for employers to become involved with diploma delivery.

We are still in the first year of teaching of the diploma and so have no plans to revise content and structure. We are evaluating the first three years of delivery for each of the four phases of diplomas and this will include an evaluation of employer involvement.