Students at Derby College have become some of the first students in the country to begin studying for a T Level qualification.
As the pathfinder institution for D2N2, Derby College now offers three T levels in Digital, Construction, and Education.
In total 24 T Levels will be rolled out in subjects as diverse as accounting and digital, to agriculture and healthcare.
T Levels are central to the Government’s plans to improve technical and vocational education and address the skills gap.
With content designed by more than 250 employers, these new high-quality technical qualifications follow GCSEs and will deliver a pipeline of young people aged 16-19 with the skills, knowledge, and workplace experience that businesses need.
These rigorous 2-year courses are based on the world’s best technical education systems and combine classroom learning with a substantial industry placement.
Each T Level is equivalent to 3 A-Levels and attracts UCAS points offering graduates the opportunity of moving into a job, an apprenticeship or continuing to further study.
The industry placement, lasting at least 45 days, is unique to T Levels and allows students to put the knowledge and skills they have learned into practice.
It is also an opportunity to try out their chosen industry and gain experience in the workplace. For employers, they offer the chance to bring in fresh ideas and to spot and nurture early talent.
Gillian Keegan, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills said: “I’m delighted to share the news that the first T Level students are starting their courses this month and, judging from what I’ve seen and heard from speaking to providers students are already relishing the opportunities these new courses offer.”
“T Levels represent the biggest reform to technical education in a generation. Having worked in industry, I understand the value T Levels bring to technical education, and the value that a qualification developed jointly with industry will bring businesses across the country.”
“T Levels will provide employers with the skilled workforce they will need as our economy recovers and looks to the future. It has never been more vital to ensure that young people gain the right knowledge and skills to make the most of their potential and to meet the needs of business.”
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