She outlined IFATE’s three strategic priorities, which support this push for quality standards. Developing quality assurance for different technical qualifications is helping employers trust that learners are following defined pathways directly into skilled jobs. To prioritise which technical qualification standards to focus on, IFATE also uses data insights and engages with employers, training providers, awarding bodies and learners themselves.
Crucially, IFATE’s occupational standards are helping to ensure learners develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours that employers need, with occupational maps available for learners from all backgrounds, as well as employers, with up to date information about career development opportunities. IFATE is working with partners including the National Apprenticeship Service and National Careers’ Service to ensure occupational maps are well understood. Beth explained that these maps will play a vital role in levelling up and for allowing wider cohorts of talent to access the system, which is currently too complex and inequitable.