Construction is one of the first T levels announced today by the Education Secretary in her drive to deliver home-grown talent that can serve Britain’s industries once Brexit is finalised.
Justine Greening made the announcement today that construction will be one of three T levels, alongside digital and education and childcare which will be taught by 2020.
The full set of these qualifications, which were announced last year, will be taught in 2022 and £500 million of additional funding each year will ensure that T levels achieve the aim of transforming technical education in the UK.
It is an equivalent qualification to A levels for those students who want more technical skills and for construction especially, it fits a key purpose of helping to increase the number of people in an industry that has long been blighted by skills shortages.
When announcing the first three subjects, Justine Greening explained why these are important in the context of Britain leaving the European Union.
“We are transforming technical education in this country, developing our home grown talent so that our young people have the world class skills and knowledge that employers need.
“As we prepare to leave the EU, it is more important than ever that we create an outstanding further education and skills system, giving all young people the opportunity to fulfil their potential and deliver a better future for our country.
“As part of making sure the technical education ladder reaches every bit as high as the academic one, I want to see T levels that are as rigorous and respected as A levels.”
The Education secretary outlined her vision for these qualifications earlier this year, by encouraging businesses and government to collaborate.
For those that enrol to be taught these qualifications, they can expect to gain specialist and focused knowledge for their chosen topic, as the routes group together related occupations that require common knowledge and skills.
These are broken down further to specialisms that ensure students are set on a clear path to their occupation of choice.
Newly appointed panels have been put together to develop the content for these T levels, which will also include work placements.
Construction is well served by professionals from Skanska and Morgan Sindall, ensuring students are equipped with the skills needed to enter employment in their chosen profession.