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Technical and Further Education Act 2017

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15After section A2D insert—E+W

Technical education qualificationsE+W

A2DAApproved technical education qualifications

(1)The Institute may, if it considers it appropriate, approve a technical education qualification in respect of one or more occupations for which standards are published under section ZA11.

(2)The Institute may make any arrangements that it considers appropriate—

(a)to secure that suitable technical education qualifications are available for approval under this section, or

(b)in connection with the approval or continued approval of a technical education qualification.

(3)The Institute may approve a technical education qualification under this section only if satisfied that by obtaining the qualification a person demonstrates that he or she has attained as many of the outcomes set out in the standards as may reasonably be expected to be attained by undertaking a course of education.

(4)The Institute may approve a technical education qualification under this section only where the Institute—

(a)has determined the documents relating to the qualification to which it considers section A2IA should apply (if any), and

(b)is satisfied that each person (other than the Institute) who it thinks is entitled to a right or interest in any copyright in those documents agrees to the right or interest being transferred to the Institute (see section A2IA).

(5)If the Institute fails to comply with subsection (4)(b) then, unless it does so in the knowledge that a person does not agree as mentioned in that provision—

(a)the failure does not invalidate the approval of the qualification, but

(b)the Institute must pay such compensation (if any) as may be appropriate to any person whose right or interest is transferred to the Institute without the person's agreement.

(6)In making a determination under subsection (4)(a), the Institute may take into account the likelihood of any person agreeing as mentioned in subsection (4)(b).

(7)The Institute may revise its determination under subsection (4)(a) before approving the qualification.

(8)The Institute may withdraw approval given under this section.

(9)The Institute is not required to withdraw approval given under this section merely because a qualification is modified.

(10)Where a technical education qualification is approved under this section, the Institute must publish, with the information published under section ZA10(5) in relation to the occupations, information indicating that a technical education qualification has been approved in respect of them.

(11)Where approval of a technical education qualification is withdrawn under this section, the Institute must publish, with the information published under section ZA10(5) in relation to the occupations, information indicating that the approval of the qualification has been withdrawn.

(12)In this Chapter “technical education qualification” means a qualification that relates to one or more occupations.

(13)In this Chapter a technical education qualification that the Institute approves under this section is referred to as “an approved technical education qualification”.

A2DBAdditional steps towards occupational competence

(1)Where there is an approved technical education qualification in respect of one or more occupations, the Institute may from time to time determine other steps that it considers it would be appropriate for a person to take in order to progress towards being a person who is competent to work in those occupations.

(2)Steps determined under this section may include the obtaining of other qualifications.

(3)The Institute may make a further determination under this section.

(4)The Institute must publish a statement of any steps it determines under this section.

(5)In this Chapter steps that the Institute determines under this section are referred to as “approved steps towards occupational competence”.

A2DCDirections

The Secretary of State may give the Institute a direction in connection with the exercise by the Institute of any function under or for the purposes of section A2DA or A2DB.

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