The government has announced the plans to implement new T levels to provide an alternative to academic education post 16. The first T levels courses will be delivered in construction, education & childcare and digital from September 2020 with 22 more courses to follow by 2023.
The T level courses will be the level of A levels but they also include an industry placement for three months which will be designed to give students skills development opportunities in the actual workplace.
Kevin Rowan, Director of unionlearn said:
T levels provide an opportunity to bridge the gap between vocational education and high-quality apprenticeships and strengthen the skills on offer for young people.
High quality industry placements will be essential to the success of T levels. This means employers need to engage strongly and commit to helping overcome future skills challenges.
Trade unions have a key role to play in agreeing and monitoring quality criteria and ensuring work placements are safe, supported and effective."