UK gov selects 88 more providers to deliver T Levels
The UK government has selected an additional 88 providers to deliver T Levels, bringing the total number of selected providers set to deliver the new qualifications to over 180.
A Department for Education (DfE) statement noted that the selected providers will be able to deliver the new technical qualifications – T Levels – from September 2022.
The providers are based across England, and will enable thousands of young people to access this new, reimagined education-based qualification.
This is the third and most recent wave of education providers that have been selected to deliver T Level qualifications.
In an announcement made by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson on 11 June, he stated that this government acceleration of the T Level qualification is designed to play a key role in assisting the UK economy to recover amidst the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.
£400 million has been invested in improving education for 16 to 19 year olds in 2020-21
The intention behind these new qualifications is to connect thousands of young people with better access to high-quality technical education, and so aid their career progression. As such, one unique element of T Levels is their requirement to complete an industry placement which will last for at least 315 hours.
The new T Level scheme is just one of the government’s latest investment ventures, aiming to improve technical education and training. This comes alongside a £400 million expenditure aiming to improve education for 16 to 19 year olds in 2020-21, and £133 million in investment in more widespread access to industry standard equipment and high-quality facilities for students.
T Levels are designed to help the UK economy to recover after COVID-19
These T Level courses will be available from 2022, and will cover subject areas such as Law, Engineering and Manufacturing, Digital, Construction, Health, Science and Education. These alternatives to A Levels are designed to combine classroom theory with practical learning and industry placements, having been created in collaboration with industry experts.
Gavin Williamson, Education Secretary of the UK, expressed his pleasure at this latest development:
“Now, more than ever, it’s vital that young people across the country have access to high-quality technical education to provide them with the skills they need to succeed and employers with the workforce they need for the future.
“This third wave of further education providers will help us supercharge the roll-out of these new and pioneering qualifications and it’s fantastic to have them all on board. They will play a part in an unique opportunity to shape the lives of thousands of young people.”
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