Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs)
Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs) are a high-quality addition to technical training routes, alongside apprenticeships, traineeships and degrees.
- 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.
You may choose to pay for an employee to undertake a HTQ. Costs will vary depending on the course and provider.
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.