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An investigation into post-16 occupational standards in international education systems has recommended that the most immediate task for the technical education panels in England is to achieve consensus on the occupational specification for each route.
The study aimed to gather evidence on what constitutes a ‘good’ occupational standard and best practice in standards development.
It examined evidence from countries with similar high-performing technical education systems to the new system proposed for England - Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, and the Netherlands.
The DfE-commissioned report also suggests that, once the initial development has taken place, a cross-technical routes review should be implemented to ensure common key skill competencies exist to ensure transferability between and equivalence across routes.
The report admits that differing international occupational standards do not always lend themselves to comparison, but found that: