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Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs)

Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs) are a high-quality addition to technical training routes, alongside apprenticeships, traineeships and degrees.

They are:

  • new and existing Level 4 and 5 qualifications (such as Higher National Diplomas, Foundation Degrees, Diploma Higher Education)
  • approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, against employer-led occupational standards

The first Digital HTQs will be available for teaching from 2022, leading to higher-level occupations like Network Engineer, Software Developer and Data Analyst.

Health and Science and Construction qualifications will be available for teaching from 2023, with a full roll-out of further industrial sectors over a four-year period.

Employer cost

You may choose to pay for an employee to undertake a HTQ. Costs will vary depending on the course and provider.

Employer responsibilities

Most HTQs do not require an in-work placement.

Benefits of Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs)

HTQs have been developed by employers and awarding bodies to help you upskill existing employees and provide a different recruitment pool to hire new talent.

They help your workforce have the right knowledge, skills and behaviours for your company to succeed.

Offer HTQs

Learn more and get started with HTQs.