#TLevel providers across the country will benefit from a multi-million pound package of support to ensure they are ready to deliver the pioneering new courses, Education Secretary @GavinWilliamson announced on Friday 7 February 2020.
Further education providers delivering T Levels from 2021 to receive a share of £95 million to upgrade buildings and invest in high quality equipment
The government is investing up to £95 million through the T Level Capital Fund so young people taking the new technical qualifications from 2021 will have access to industry standard equipment and high-quality facilities.
The fund will be delivered in two parts:
- Eligible providers can bid for funding to refurbish existing buildings or create new spaces, from today.
- While funding for specialist equipment such as digital and audio-visual kit will be allocated to all providers in Spring next year.
£15 million investment to help boost FE teachers’ skills and expertise so they are ready to teach T Levels
Following a successful first phase, the government is also announcing the expansion of its innovative T Level Professional Development (TLPD), worth £15 million in 2020-21. The programme – which is being delivered by the Education and Training Foundation – provides tailored training and support to boost FE teachers and leader’s skills, industry knowledge and expertise for students to benefit from.
TLPD was first launched in spring 2019 and has already supported thousands of teachers, managers, support staff and governors. The expansion will build on this success by delivering more training to an increased number of providers and across a wider range of T Level subject areas.
Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, said:
“T Levels will play a vital role in our drive to unlock talent and level up skills across the country.
“This cash injection will make sure more T Level providers and their staff are ready to teach the new qualifications, so young people have access to the high-quality teaching, first class facilities and industry standard equipment they need to succeed.”
Pioneering new T Levels will play a vital role in the government’s drive to level up skills and opportunity and build the workforce employers need to thrive
T Levels are high-quality technical alternatives to A Levels, combining classroom theory, practical learning and an industry placement to give students the skills they need to secure a great career and that will provide employers with the skilled workforce they need. The first T Levels in Childcare and Education, Construction and Digital will be first taught from September 2020, with a further seven available from 2021. The remaining 15 T Levels will be launched in 2022 and 2023.
The government has already invested £38 million through the T Level Capital Fund to support post-16 providers to be ready to deliver first three T Levels from this September. Providers including Barnsley College received £2.25 million to improve their SciTech Campus building and create a Digital Innovation Hub (DIH). Exeter College also received £2.5 million to help create a number of new facilities, including a dedicated space for students taking the Construction T Level.