At the heart of the Technical Education reforms, are new qualifications for 16-19 year olds that will give them the technical skills needed for the future.
Designed as a sister product to apprenticeships, T Levels are being developed with employers to give young people the skills that industry needs. They draw on the existing apprenticeship standards, to offer a full time course for young people aged 16-19 in a college, school or training provider that is equivalent to a 3 A-level course.
A key part of the T Level programme is an Industry Placement of 315 hours, helping to put the skills, knowledge and behaviours learnt into practice and giving businesses a chance to “Meet the Future Workforce”. Businesses who have welcomed young people for these placements have found that young people are making effective contributions to the business and are ready to be employed at the end of their course – which can be in a job and/or as an apprentice at a higher level.
In Lancashire we have 4 early adopter colleges, Blackpool & The Fylde College, Cardinal Newman College, Nelson & Colne College and Runshaw College who will deliver T levels in September 2020. They are joined by Burnley College and Preston’s College who will commence delivery of T levels in September 2021.
The first routeways will be in Digital, Construction and Childcare, with Health and Science soon after and a further six routeways following by 2023.
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To find out what is being offered locally and by which colleges, have a look at the government’s T Levels website.