This publication described the steps taken to reform the use of vocational qualifications (based on occupation or employment) in full-time education, including a timetable for the introduction of the reforms.
The reform programme aimed to ensure that qualifications:
- give employers greater ownership of occupational standards and qualifications
- are designed and assessed in light of the best research and international practice
- attract funding only if they are valued by employers and offer learners an opportunity to meaningfully progress in employment or further learning
- are open and accessible, and are available on databases which it is easy for learners and employers to use
The publication also presented some ideas for future reforms, particularly to the way that the development of skills and competences relating to employability are funded.