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Department for Education: T-Levels Panels consultationAugust 2017

BSRIA is keen to highlight the T-Level Panels consultation: The Department of Education requests your help in seeking experienced professionals in the Construction and Engineering and Manufacturing sectors to shape the future technical education system. 

In July last year, government agreed in the Post 16 Skills Plan to accept all the recommendations made by the Independent Panel on Technical Education, led by Lord Sainsbury. At the heart of these reforms is the creation of a new national system of technical education, organised in 15 “routes” to skilled employment. These routes will be provided in workplaces (apprenticeships) and in colleges or other training providers.

More recently, Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening, has set out her intention that these reforms prompt a skills revolution across the UK. Anne Milton, Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, has written to providers and others across the education system, setting out proposals for first teaching of T-Levels in September 2020, with all routes available by September 2022. 

BSRIA wants employers to be engaged at each stage of the development of this new system: in designing the standards, developing the content and approving final programmes for delivery to young people. We are currently seeking industry professionals to co-design the content of new T-Level programmes. This will involve designing the content of the classroom-based T-Level qualifications and advising on broader programme requirements.

The Department ran an initial recruitment exercise earlier this year. At that stage, it referred to ‘panels of professionals’ and it can now confirm that they will be known as T-Level panels. The Department is now conducting further recruitment for specific routes to be delivered in 2020 and 2021. These routes will include: construction, engineering and manufacturing.

The Department is keen to recruit experienced practitioners or managers/trainers of practitioners who can understand and articulate what it takes to move to skilled employment in their field. BSRIA would also welcome strong applications from professional bodies or trade associations - if they are able to demonstrate their ability to represent and consult across industry and have experience of working on the development of industry standards.

EOI & potential applicants should complete & return to: employer.panels@education.gov.uk

Alternatively, the advert is live on the Cabinet Office: Technical Education Panel

The closing date for applications is midday Monday 21st August.

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