T-Levels – Technical Level Qualifications
The Government are introducing new Technical Level Qualifications (T-Levels) in September 2020, with 50 providers delivering the first three T-Level routes, including Construction and Digital. T-Levels are developed in conjunction with employers who define the skills and knowledge requirements of each T-Level – through their membership of T-Level Panels.
This is an approach Career Colleges adopted in 2013 when we established our first Colleges and required them to develop an Employer Panel to share the strategic direction and curriculum content of their Career College.
The Trust has been involved in the development and implementation of T-Levels, a member of the team sat on the Digital T-Level Panel (alongside Amazon Web Services and other tech providers) and our Chair, Ruth Gilbert, has been involved from the inception, first sitting on one of the Sainsbury Review Panels and now a member of the DfE T-Level Implementation Panel.
There is significant synergy between the Career Colleges model developed in 2013 – and the new T-Level framework, and we have been supporting colleges to embed some of the key aspects of Technical Employer-led Education for many years now. The implementation of T-Levels brings a requirement to significantly change the delivery model of traditional vocational education and Career Colleges Trust has developed a Programme of continuous professional development (CPD) to support colleges to build capacity in order to deliver T-Levels effectively.
The Career Colleges Trust offers a range of support on T-Level implementation to both employers and colleges.
The introduction of T-Levels brings many exciting opportunities, together with some clear challenges. The Career Colleges Trust has been working successfully with colleges and employers for several years, preparing young people for careers by focusing on project-based learning and employer involvement. We have utilised our experience to put together a programme of CPD for providers planning to deliver T Levels, which can be delivered face-to-face or online.