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One Year On Review

The Commission’s summary report It’s about work… Excellent adult vocational teaching and learning was published in 2013. It made a series of ten recommendations aimed at strengthening the VET system into the next decade and beyond.

Speaking before the launch of the report last year, chair Frank McLoughlin said “the report is not the end but the beginning of a process. It is intended as an agenda for action to raise our collective ambitions for vocational teaching and learning.”

Now a year later, Frank McLoughlin has published his One Year On Review. Launched at this year’s National VET Conference, he reflects on the early progress made in raising the status and quality of vocational education and training and recognises the contribution the Education and Training Foundation is making to the early implementation of the CAVTL recommendations. Looking forward, the report sets out four signposts for the future to further develop and strengthen the outcomes and impact of a first-class VET system.

The Commission represented a once in a generation opportunity to raise the status of vocational teaching and learning, to promote its nature and heritage in its own terms, and to develop a robust vocational model.

Sustaining the movement to raise the quality, esteem and ambition of our VET system remains central to the task of re-building a strong, advanced economy for the first half of the 21st century. It is a shared endeavour.

The Education and Training Foundation has recognised this, and I would encourage it to continue to develop its strategic partnerships to harness the commitment from employers, education and training providers and government to realise the vision of a first-class VET system.

Sir Frank McLoughlin CBE CCMI
Associate Director Leadership

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Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning:

The Commission’s summary report was launched on Monday 25 March 2013 at the Royal Academy of Engineering. Here is a background to the Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning.

Peter McCann:

The CAVTL has been a watershed report for vocational education and training in the UK and there can be no turning back from the milestones identified in this journey. Key concepts from the original report such as ‘clear line of sight to work’, ‘dual professional’, and ‘two way street’, have swiftly become part of our everyday language and have provided a much needed clarity of expectation and aspiration.

The Education Training Foundation are taking forward the key messages from the report.

Meet the commissioners:

In February 2012 Minister John Hayes announced the appointment of Frank McLoughlin CBE, principal of City and Islington College, as chair of the independent Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning. Frank was supported by vice chairs Fiona McMillan OBE, president of the Association of Colleges, formerly principal of Bridgwater College, and Graham Schuhmacher MBE, Head of Development Services, Rolls-Royce.