T Level Professional Development: Industry Insight activity set to launch

The Industry Insight component of the Education and Training Foundation’s T Level Professional Development offer is being launched over the next fortnight. Details of the activity will be unveiled at the ten Knowledge Hub and Teacher Regional Improvement Project launch events that are taking place across England in early May.

The Industry Insight activity is being delivered on behalf of the ETF by Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education in the north of England and by AELP in the south. They will work with the Knowledge Hubs through new and existing networks to provide high-quality professional learning and development for teachers who will be delivering the T Level qualifications in 2020, 2021 and beyond.

The activity will engage both current and new industry contacts and is designed to ensure that those who will be teaching the T Levels have access to technical experiences that will help them deliver high-quality learning and to share industry insight with their learners, providing a clear line of sight to work.

Activity will take the form of either work shadowing (of either a half or one-day’s duration) or work placements (one or two days in duration). Additionally, the activity will also facilitate longer staff placements in industry. These will be more immersive and three, five or 10 days in length. Remission will be available to those participating in any of this activity, with half-day sessions attracting £200 and full-day sessions £400.

Employer-led practice and development workshops will also be facilitated as part of this activity. These workshops will be based on the well-established Teach Too principles which were developed from the Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning review recommendations:

  • a clear line of sight to work
  • ‘Dual Professional’ teachers and trainers who combine occupational and pedagogical expertise
  • access to industry-standard facilities and resources reflecting ways in which technology is transforming work
  • clear escalators to higher level vocational learning, developing and combining deep knowledge and skills.

Those who are unable to attend the Knowledge Hub launch events can access further details on the ETF website.

Cerian Ayres, ETF Head of Technical Education and lead for this strand of the T Level Professional Development offer, said:
“We are pleased to announce the launch of the Industry Insight activity of the T Level Professional Development offer. This activity will provide relevant professional learning and development, ensuring colleagues who will be delivering T Levels are equipped to provide high-quality, industry-specific learning experiences for their students.”

The Education and Training Foundation, the national workforce development body for further education and training, was announced by the Department for Education in November 2018 as the body chosen to create the T Level Professional Development offer until March 2020. The offer will support teachers, trainers and leaders in the delivery of T Levels from 2020. Its aim is to ensure that further education and post-16 providers are T Level ready. This means ensuring that teachers and trainers have the teaching skills, subject knowledge and confidence needed to deliver high-quality T Level programmes from the outset. It will be shaped around the needs of providers and their workforce alongside relevant regional, employer and curriculum needs that will ensure positive outcomes for learners.

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