The UK Government has announced the first three T Level qualifications to be rolled out in the implementation of the new technical qualifications announced in 2016 that aims to provide the UK with skilled workers as they enter the workforce.
The first three qualifications will be T Levels in Digital, Construction, and Education and Childcare and will be taught from 2020. Additional subjects will be introduced annually building to 11 classroom base subjects in 2022.
From 2022, the qualification will be taught in the following areas;
• Digital • Construction • Education and Childcare • Legal, Finance and Accounting • Engineering and Manufacturing • Health and Science • Hair and Beauty • Agriculture, Environment and Animal Care • Business and Administrative • Catering and Hospitality • Creative and Design
The introduction on the new T Levels is backed by an additional £500M in funding annually and is designed to provide technical based qualifications that provides the knowledge and skillsets required by students to progress in these technical based areas and in the occupation of their choice. The new Level 3 T Award will be equivalent to an A Level.
In announcing the new subjects and the timeframe, Justine Greening, MP for Putney and UK Education Secretary 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.
All the new T Level courses will include a substantial degree of work placement, that will be of high quality and will provide students with opportunities to apply the skills they have learned and achieve much greater levels of understanding of the industry as a whole along with practical based learning opportunities.
The content of the various subjects will be developed in consultation with professionals and businesses within the sectors to ensure that learning is tailored to the needs of industry and provides the best opportunities or young people to enter the workforce with the skills they need.
More details of the T Level Action Plan for Post 16’s may be found here.