The Government has announced that £50 million will be invested in colleges, schools and sixth forms delivering T levels across England from 2022. This will improve and expand teaching spaces and facilities, as part of the Government’s levelling up plans.
T Levels were co-created with over 250 employers including Fujitsu and Amazon. The first three T Levels in Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction, Digital Production, Design and Development and Education and Childcare were introduced in September 2020.
They are equivalent to three A levels and combine classroom study with industry placements, so students gain the skills businesses need allowing them to go straight into the workplace, onto an apprenticeship or further study. A further seven T-Levels are rolling out from this September in subjects including Health, Science and Onsite Construction, with subjects including Finance, Media and Legal introduced from 2022 and 2023.
The Government has already announced that £133 million will be made available for T-Level providers throughout 2020 and 2021. This includes funding to purchase specialist equipment. Further funding is also expected later in the year.
The funding will be used to refurbish buildings and facilities, including upgrading classrooms and creating specialist spaces such as teaching wards and building or improving laboratories for health and science students.
Sixty-five building projects will also receive a share of the funding, this will provide thousands of students with industry quality equipment.
T Levels form a key part of the government’s reforms to invest in skills and technical education, providing students with the knowledge and experience they need to progress into employment, further study or an apprenticeship.