T Levels are ‘major opportunity’ for employers, says skills expert

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New technical qualifications being introduced in 2020 could be a major opportunity for employers across the region.

Carol Jordan, director of employer engagement at Northern Skills Group, said the government’s introduction of T Levels will allow employers to ensure they get the skills they need to grow.

She encouraged North East employers to make sure they’re prepared for the changes, and to seize the opportunity to shape how their workforce is trained.

Carol explained: “We know that employers really value people who have gained substantial hands-on experience before they start a full time job.

“T Levels build on the idea of work experience, making sure learners get full industry placements with sector-specific learning programmes.

“It means learners get more time to master essential skills and competencies that mean they hit the ground running once they start in full time roles.

“This is a major opportunity for North East employers to shape the way young people are trained in collaboration with the excellent education providers on their doorstep.”

T Level programmes will be equivalent to three A Levels and are first being launched in 2020 in three sectors – construction, education and childcare and digital.

Students studying them will be able to progress on to higher and degree level apprenticeships or technical degrees.

A key part of the programmes – the 50-day industry placement – is currently being trialled, and Northern Skills Group is encouraging employers to work with them to benefit.

The placements allow businesses to develop their workforce.

On Wednesday, October 10, Northern Skills Group is hosting an event where employers can get to grips with what T Levels are, and how to use them to their advantage.

The event – part of Northern Skills Group’s Skills for Breakfast series – will give guests a chance to ask questions about T Levels and what they mean for their businesses.

Fabienne Bailey, managing director of One Awards, will speak about the content of the qualifications and how they fit with other options for school leavers, as well as addressing sector concerns.

She said: “T Levels will introduce a significant shift in the way technical skills are taught and acquired, and employers need to be ready for the changes.

“The Skills for Breakfast event is a perfect time for businesses to get answers to their questions and prepare themselves to take full advantage of the opportunity.”

Northern Skills Group – the training and apprenticeship arm of Middlesbrough College – already works with more than 2,000 businesses across the North, helping them to meet commercial aims with skills.

Those interested in finding out more about T Levels at the Skills for Breakfast event should register at Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/skills-for-breakfast-t-level-special-tickets-49473379209.

For advice on T Levels, call Carol on 01642 333508 or email carol.jordan@northernskills.co.uk.


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