The first three T levels have been announced by the education secretary.
Qualifications in digital, childcare and education, and construction will be taught by a small number of providers from 2020, according education secretary Justine Greening’s announcement.
“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,” said Justine Greening in her announcement. “I want to see T levels that are as rigorous and respected as A-Levels."
“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,” she added.
Earlier this year the Association for Project Management (APM) identified seven policy issues in its Skills Manifesto that the government will need to tackle to ensure that the UK is well positioned to develop and maintain the skills base required by today’s emerging workforce to compete on the global stage.
Underpinning APM’s manifesto is the need to strengthen the transition from education to work by providing a good skills grounding – both vocational and academic – upon which to build, while empowering the next generation to make informed career choices. To that end, APM welcomes this announcement on T levels.
APM’s briefing on T Levels gives an overview of progress, the revised timescales and the opportunities to develop project management as a vocational qualification.
It was announced in the Spring Budget 2017 there will be an increase in spending on technical education. Funding will be increased in line with the roll out of the new system and will equate to over £500 million of additional funding per year once routes are fully implemented.
Further details on financial aspects will likely be contained in the Autumn Budget on 22 November 2017 and a consultation on T levels will run for ten weeks from the end of November.
APM will be discussing what’s next for developing skills across the profession at its upcoming Project Management Conference Manchester, with insights from Jean Llewellyn OBE of the National Skills Academy for Nuclear.