Mon 16 October 2017
Education Secretary Justine Greening, has announced the first three T levels in Digital, Construction, and Education and Childcare, which will help deliver a generation of home-grown talent post-Brexit.
The first of the new qualifications, with content developed by leading industry professionals from companies including Rolls Royce, Fuijitsu and EDF, will be taught from 2020, with the full set of T levels introduced by 2022.
First announced in 2016 and backed by £500million every year in additional funding the qualifications are a key milestone in transforming technical education in the UK and extends the offer for young people to study a technical qualification at level 3 – equivalent to A levels.
Education Secretary Justine Greening said: We are transforming technical education in this country, developing our home grown talent so that our young people have the world class skills and knowledge that employers need.
As we prepare to leave the EU, it is more important than ever that we create an outstanding further education and skills system, giving all young people the opportunity to fulfil their potential and deliver a better future for our country.
As part of making sure that the technical education ladder reaches every bit as high as the academic one, I want to see T levels that are as rigorous and respected as A levels.
Each route groups together related occupations which require common knowledge, skills and behaviours. These routes are further broken down into a number of specialisms, clustered together in a straightforward way so that young people can see a clear path to the occupation of their choice.
The content of T levels will be developed by newly appointed panels comprising industry professionals and employers – including EDF, Rolls Royce, Fujitsu, Lloyds, Morgan Sindall, Skanska and Morphy Richards – ensuring that they have real credibility. Panels have been launched across all 6 routes for delivery in 2020 and 2021. All T level programmes will also include a substantial, high quality work placement so that students can apply their learning in a real workplace environment.
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