Lessons from the first year of T Levels

On 26 January, the Education and Training Foundation participated in a panel event organised by the T Levels All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), called Providing T Levels.

Attended by approximately 100 people, the discussion focused on the experiences of providers of T Levels which included Further Education colleges, teaching staff, as well as providers of industry placements. The session explored the lessons learned from the first year of T Levels, as well as the plans being put in place as T Levels are expanded to a whole new range of subjects.

Speakers included Toby Perkins, MP and Shadow Minister for Apprenticeships and Lifelong Learning, Neil Johnson, Assistant Principal Class Based Learning, Barnsley College, and Paul Bailey, Head of Regional Engagement, the Education and Training Foundation (ETF).

Each speaker spoke for five minutes discussing different aspects of T Levels, followed by a Q&A with the audience.
Toby Perkins MP spoke about attitudes held towards T Levels and how vocational qualifications such as T Levels are just as important as A Levels. Toby emphasised that placements must offer value to employers.

Neil Johnson spoke about the benefits gained from engaging with partners at Barnsley College and the continued need for this to make T Levels a success. Neil discussed some of the highlights and benefits gained from the use of industry placements and training developments with partners including the ETF.

Paul Bailey discussed the ETF’s T Level Professional Development (TLPD) offer sharing insight on how it has engaged with providers including the crucial role the ETF’s Area Relationship and Development Leads (ARDLs) play in this area. Paul shared how the ARDLs have been important in facilitating collaboration not just regionally but nationally too, including organising site visits and meetings where T Level providers have been able to share their TLPD journey and seek advice and support.

If you would like to find out more about the T Levels APPG, please visit the APPG website.

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