News - 10 July 2020

Digital and healthcare professionals invited to help shape workforce of the future

Employers and experienced practitioners from across the digital and healthcare sectors are being invited to participate in an exciting programme to help shape a new suite of Government-commissioned technical qualifications.

Due to launch in September 2020, T levels are a high-quality, work-focused alternative to A levels for young people aged 16-18 once they’ve completed their GCSEs.

The programmes will consist of theory-based technical learning combined with practical activities, English, maths and digital content, plus an extended work placement.

They are designed to bridge the gap between the classroom and the workplace, supporting progress into higher or degree-level apprenticeships, higher education, or employment.

T Levels

National Awarding Organisation, NCFE, is working with Government to develop T level qualifications for education and childcare; digital business services; digital support services; health; healthcare science; and, science.

Employer input to the development of these new qualifications is vital in ensuring that T levels reflect the needs of the occupations they’re designed to serve.

To that end, NCFE is now looking to build on its network of leading experts and employers from across the digital, and health and science sectors to gain additional support in the development of these qualifications.

“This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for employers and professionals to help influence the qualifications that will create the next generation of skilled workers in the digital and healthcare sectors,” said Zac Aldridge, T Level Partnership Lead at NCFE.

“Providing employers and sector experts with the opportunity to shape these revolutionary programmes of study will go a long way towards eradicating skills gaps.  They also have the chance to ensure that young people gain the knowledge and practical experience they need to hit the ground running in their chosen profession.

“We don’t expect colleagues we engage with to be education experts – that’s what we’re here for.  We’re simply looking for experienced practitioners in relevant digital and healthcare occupations to reflect on the knowledge and skills they need in their work to help us create qualifications that set learners up for success.”

Input can be provided remotely and at whatever time of day, night, week or weekend suits colleagues best.

Those interested in supporting this work are invited to contact NCFE T Level Partnership lead, Zac Aldridge.

For more information, visit the NCFE website.

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