Ofqual’s vocational qualifications chief steps down.

‘The man in charge of Ofqual’s vocational arm, Jeremy Benson, has decided to leave the exams regulator after nearly six years, in light of the recent skills plan.

Mr Benson, who joined Ofqual in 2010 as director of strategic management and then became executive director for vocational qualifications in 2014, said he is moving on as one phase of reform concludes and another begins.

It follows the announcement of the government’s vision for technical education in the recent skills plan, which will see a radical overhaul of the post-16 vocational qualification system by replacing 20,000 courses with “15 high-quality routes”, based on the recommendations of Lord Sainsbury’s independent panel, and the creation of the institute for apprenticeships.

Phil Beach, Ofqual’s director of strategic relationships for general qualifications, has today been appointed interim executive director and will take on Mr Benson’s responsibilities until a permanent replacement has been found.’ - FE Week

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