The comments made by Toby Perkins, the Shadow Minister for Further Education, on 10 August 2021.
Labour congratulates the 230,000 students who have achieved their Level 3 BTEC qualification today.
They should be proud of their achievements through the most challenging of circumstances and against the backdrop of a Conservative Government looking to devalue their qualifications.
Despite the high value placed on BTECs by employers and universities, the Government plans to scrap most of these qualifications putting young people’s life chances at risk.
The Government’s alternative T-Level qualifications are currently unproven and a hasty charge to abolish Level 3 BTECs would be hugely irresponsible.