Top construction employer to share industry expertise with T Level teachers

Top construction employer Morgan Sindall Construction is offering T Level teachers the chance to build on their industry knowledge and expertise.

Fifteen practitioners are being invited to attend a one-day industry placement, organised by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF).

The Inspiring The Next Generation Through Digital In Construction event is for T Level providers in the South East, East and London Region.

It is specifically for staff at education providers that have already started or are due to deliver T Levels in:

  • Building Services Engineering for Construction
  • Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction
  • Digital Business Services
  • Digital Production, Design and Development
  • Digital Support Services
  • Onsite Construction

The event takes place on 26 November 2021, from 9.30am until 3.30pm, at Morgan Sindall’s Knowledge Quad, a training facility based at Kingsbrook Secondary School in Aylesbury.

The initiative is being organised as a Group Industry Placement, which is one of several components of the ETF’s Industry Insights programme. Industry Insights focuses on connecting education and industry, through the backing of top employers.

On the day, Morgan Sindall’s Construction’s Northern Home Counties business will focus on the role of digital in construction and the technical skills that the sector needs from the next generation, and provide educators with the opportunity to work with them to develop a local T Level placement for learners.

Educators will also gain insights on topics including building information modelling and the digital management of construction projects, the career journey of an architect and evolution of computer aided design and how drone technology is being applied within the construction sector.

Norma Odain-Hines, Social Value Manager for Morgan Sindall Construction’s Northern Home Counties business, said: “Establishing facilities like the Knowledge Quad and engaging with students are both vital to ensuring that the construction industry will have the skills, experience and expertise it’s going to need in the not-too-distant-future. The overlap between new digital and construction skills is particularly crucial, as the sector is quickly evolving and is going to need people well versed in these disciplines.

“Helping to provide high quality placements and working closely alongside organisations that have an essential role in supporting FE in the delivery of T Levels, such as the ETF, are key objectives at Morgan Sindall Construction. Events such as Inspiring the Next Generation through Digital in Construction are ideal opportunities to support the educators and update them on the sector’s latest trends and technologies while getting feedback on the placement programmes that we provide.”

Tim Bevans, Director of Regional Engagement, the Education and Training Foundation, said: “It’s great to see top employers such as Morgan Sindall Construction backing our Group Industry Placements, which enable practitioners to gain insights about the latest sector skills that organisations need for the benefit of their learners studying T Levels.”

The ETF’s Industry Insights help staff keep up-to-date with sector trends. Group Industry Placements provide practitioners delivering T Levels with the chance to get into industry, see what’s new and understand current practices with an employer considered a leader in their field.

Placements last between one and five days and take place on site and online.  If you would like to take part in a Group Industry Placement, please complete our expression of interest form.

For details about the Morgan Sindall Construction event, please contact Jemima Thompson, Employer Engagement Coordinator for the South East, East and London. Email jemima.thompson@etfoundation.co.uk.

T Levels are new two-year courses, which follows GCSEs and are equivalent to three A levels. These technical qualifications have been developed with employers and businesses to meet the needs of industry so that they prepare learners for work, further training, or study.  

T Levels offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of approximately 45 days.

The first T Levels were launched at selected colleges, schools and other providers across England in September 2020 and then expanded in 2021. The remaining T Levels are due to commence in 2022 and 2023.

The ETF is the expert body for professional development and standards in the further education sector. Its T Level Professional Development offer equips staff delivering T Levels with the teaching skills, subject knowledge and confidence they need for the benefit of their learners and is available to publicly funded Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) providers.

 

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