Introducing T-Levels. The new kid on the education block.

As the Education Secretary reveals the first 52 colleges and post-16 providers to teach the new T levels, we take a closer look at the qualification that’s looking to shake up the system.

So, what are T Levels? Essentially, they’re a technical alternative to A levels. The first courses available will be in construction, digital and education & childcare, and these will be taught from September 2020.

Come 2021, 22 more courses will be rolled out to cover sectors such as finance & accounting, engineering & manufacturing, and creative & design.

The Prime Minister said, “Everyone should be able to have access to an education that suits them, but we know that for those that don’t choose to go to university, the routes into further technical and vocational training can be hard to navigate.

“That’s why we’re making the most significant reform to advanced technical education in 70 years to ensure young people have gold standard qualifications open to them whichever route they choose.

“T Levels provide a high-quality, technical alternative to A levels ensuring thousands of people across the country have the skills we need to compete globally – a vital part of our modern industrial strategy.”

Education Secretary Damian Hinds said, “T Levels represent a once in a lifetime opportunity to reform technical education in this country so we can rival the world’s best performing systems.

“Technology and the world economy are fast-changing, and we need to make sure our young people have the skills they need to get the jobs of tomorrow. This is at the heart of our modern Industrial Strategy.”

Clearly, these T Levels are aimed at maximising the employability of those who sign up to them. 3-month compulsory industry placements are included, and the standards are assured by Ofqual and the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) so that T Levels remain high-quality and are valued by employers.

What will be interesting, is to see just how radically – or not – these T Levels will disrupt the market. We’re sure there will be plenty more debate on the matter as we approach their launch. And, no doubt, we’ll be sure to report on it.  

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

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