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Member Request: Reforms to Post-16 education - DfE calls for applications to Technical Education Panels of Professionals

Date: 20/01/17

Reforms to Post-16 education - DfE calls for applications to Technical Education Panels of Professionals

The Department for Education has opened the application process for industry professionals to apply to work on their “panels of professionals” to help shape the future of technical education. HBF is urging members engaged in the Home Building Skills Partnership to get involved.

The Department for Education says it is looking for “experienced industry professionals” to help them develop occupational standards for new technical qualifications, as part of the Government’s flagship reforms to England’s 16+ skills system.

The Post-16 Skills Plan can be found here.

Given the current remit of the Partnership to drive forward work on improving skills in the industry, it’s vital that we engage with the Department of Education on this initiative and ensure that the voice of the house building industry is represented on the construction panel.

For each technical education route set out in the Post 16 Skills Plan 2016, they need panels of professionals to develop standards that would apply to work-based or college-based specific occupations and provide high level steers on qualification content.

The Department for Education is currently looking for applications to the following roles:

  • Panel members - who will collectively be responsible for developing the standards for specific technical occupations by determining the key skills, knowledge and behaviours that individuals should meet to become competent. 
  • Panel chairs – who, in addition to the above, will be willing to lead the overall panel for a technical route and facilitate the active participation of all panel members.

The roles require a commitment of circa one day a month and successful applicants to the panels will be reimbursed for their time.

Further information, along with the ‘expression of interest’ form can be found by clicking here.

If you require any further information, please email