The government has invited further education providers to apply for the opportunity to deliver the next wave of T Levels.
The call for further education providers came from Anne Milton, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister, just one month on from the confirmation that the next seven T Levels will be taught from 2021.
Onsite construction is one of the courses that will be provided, as is building services engineering, as a sector which suffers from skills shortages, seeks to equip the next generation of employees with the skills required to work within construction.
Given the uncertainty surrounding Brexit at the moment, the commitment to increasing the sector’s workers is something that will be welcome.
Combining classroom theory, practical learning and an industry placement, T Levels will provide a qualification that is the technical equivalent of A Levels.
Construction was initially set out as one of the first three courses to be taught from September 2020.
That is now not the case; instead, onsite construction is part of the next wave that will be taught from the year after; when the new qualifications are rolled out fully, the T Levels will receive an additional £500 million of funding each year.
And Anne Milton is urging further education providers to take advantage of the “fantastic opportunity” to teach courses including construction.
She said: “This is a truly exciting time. I’m absolutely thrilled at the progress we have made to deliver new T Levels.
“These transformational reforms have been designed in partnership with industry experts so employers can access the skilled workforce they need, and so more young people gain the skills they need to get a great job, go on to do a higher level apprenticeship, or further study.
“I would absolutely urge further education providers that meet the criteria to consider applying to be the first to teach the next wave of T Levels from 2021.
“It is a fantastic opportunity to be part of education history and help change lives for the better.”
Applications are open until the end of February, with the successful providers expected to be announced in June 2019.