T Levels move another Step Closer as Competition Launches

05 Sep 2018

T Levels are planned to be a high-quality, technical equivalent to A Levels, and their realisation has moved a step closer this week as the Department for Education (DfE) launched a competition inviting bids to win the right to develop, deliver and award the first three T Levels from September 2020.

The first three T Levels in Construction, Digital, and Education and Childcare will be delivered from September 2020 and on the 3 September 2018, the Department for Education launched the bidding process for groups to win the right to develop and deliver these new qualifications.

Successful bidders will have exclusive rights to deliver each T Level qualification, to make sure it is high-quality, as recommended by Lord Sainsbury in his independent review of technical education in 2016.

Secondary school pupils starting GCSE courses this September will be the first students able to study a T Level when they are rolled out and a new study by the Department for Education found that employers welcomed the introduction of the new technical courses. Businesses said that the inclusion of a ‘meaningful and substantial industry placement’ was a particularly positive step to making sure learners are better prepared and motivated for work.

More than 200 employers have worked closely with the DfE to design the initial outline T Level content and have run pilots with over 2,000 young people to trial T Level style work placements. 

CBI Head of Education & Skills John Cope said:

"A high-quality, technical equivalent to A Levels is a vital, missing link in our education system that employers welcome, so it’s positive to see real progress on the design and delivery of T Levels.

The CBI will continue to work with the Government and support the first T Level providers in 2020, including working with employers to get the work placement element delivered effectively given it’s vital to the success of T Levels."

The Invitation to Tender will remain open for organisations to submit bids until 26 October 2018.

The contracts for the first three T Levels are expected to be awarded in early March 2019.

You can find out more about T Levels here.


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