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23 November 2023 - T Level Newsletter

This week's newsletter includes updates on:

 

T Level Thursday!

We are excited to let you know that T Level Thursday will take place on 8th February as part of the National Apprenticeship Week.

Here’s a toolkit to help you promote the day and support T Level Thursday.

 

Get help securing industry placements

Additional support is available from one of our three DfE approved growth partners, who can help broker industry placements with SMEs for students undertaking T Levels in Construction, Digital, Management and Administration, Accounting and Finance. The growth partners will identify interested SMEs, help them think about the right T Level for their business, and can refer SMEs that are ready to offer placements to your college.

Each growth partner provides support to a different sector:

  • Contact eVolve Your Future (enquiries@evolveyourfuture.co.uk) to talk about placements for Construction T Levels, or visit their website
  • Contact MyPocketSkill (tlevels@mypocketskill.com) to talk about placements for Digital T Levels, or visit their website
  • Contact Supplytrain (hello@tlevelgateway.co.uk) to talk about placements for Management and Administration, Accounting or Finance T Levels, or visit their website

 

Last chance to book! ETF T Level Question Time

As part of the T Level Professional Development programme, ETF are delivering the T Level Question Time on Wednesday 29 November, 3.30pm – 4.30pm.[DM1] 

This is your opportunity to ask your burning questions and have them answered live by an expert panel during the session.

The following panel members will be attending:

  • Pamela Rahman  Associate Director responsible for T Level developments, IfATE
  • Victoria Moyse  Head of Future Skills and Careers, Student Development, Education Partnership North East
  • Charlie Moss – Head of Further Education Curriculum Support, Gatsby Charitable Foundation
  • Rosamund Hicks  Head of Media, Business and Digital Industries, City College Norwich

Places are free but limited, so don't miss out – book your place!

 

Diversity in the Digital T Level

The Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) is responsible for developing and managing T Levels, alongside apprenticeships and other technical qualifications. There is a longstanding issue with a lack of females in digital occupations which is mirrored across digital technical education. IfATE’s digital route panel of employer experts are keen to explore what more could be done in technical education to help tip the balance.

As part of some broader work on diversity, they would like to hear from and work with providers who offer digital T levels, to share ideas and good practice. The link to complete the survey will be shared with T Level leads for all providers offering T Levels on 30 November, the survey will remain open until 7 December.

 

Resources for schools and colleges all in one place!

Over recent months the department has been working with the Association of Colleges (AOC), The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) and Gatsby colleagues to combine all our resources into one place. You can now access a range of resources such with more being added each week. Find out what’s new here

 

T Level Foundation Year Masterclass – Planning and Delivering your Route-Based Project

Date: Thursday 30th November

Time: 15:30-16:30

Description: This webinar is an opportunity to discuss the delivery and assessment of the route-based project on the T Level Foundation Year and hear about best practice from other providers. Book your place here.

T Level Foundation Year Masterclass – Planning a Whole Organisational Approach

Date: Wednesday 6th December

Time: 15:30-16:30

Description: This webinar will help attendees create a strategic vision for their T Level Foundation Year design, clarify its concept, integrate it into the institution’s offerings, engage curriculum staff, and include a Q&A panel with best practices from successful providers in planning the T Level Foundation Year. Book your place here.

 

Awarding Organisations updates

IfATE:

Updates for T Levels in Agriculture, Environmental and Animal Care:

W4 Animal Care and Management T Level- Name Changes for Occupational Specialisms:

Please note the following name changes to the Occupational Specialisms:

  • Animal Care and Management becomes: Animal Management and Behaviour
  • Animal Care and Science becomes: Animal Management and Science 

The T Level title remains the same- Agriculture, Environmental and Animal Care: Animal Care & Management.

These changes may take a few weeks to filter across to websites and draft materials, but please be in touch if you see out of date titles: Damien.Patrick@education.gov.uk  

Animal Care and Management:

The original outline content included an Occupational Specialism in Equine Care and Management, which linked to the Equine Management standard. As the standard is currently under review, the Occupational Specialism has been paused and will be reviewed for inclusion in the T Level when the revised standard is published.

Agriculture, Land Management & Production (ALMP):

The original outline content included an Occupational Specialism in Habitat Management. This has now been retired permanently and will not form part of the T Level in ALMP. This decision was taken due to a number of factors which meant the Occupational Specialism did not meet the suitability test for the T Level, including deliverability concerns, employer feedback regarding insufficient coverage of the topic to enable threshold competence, and safety and manageability concerns.

T Level Technical Qualifications: Provider Survey: Summer term 2023

The survey deadline has been extended to the 30 November 2023 and IfATE would like to hear from you!

Please click on the link here and complete the short survey.

IfATE appreciate the time you have taken to complete the survey as your feedback provides valuable insight to improve the services that the Awarding Organisations provide to you.

 

Pearson:

Pearson’s November E-Bulletin was published and included the following:  

  • Registrations and Entries 
  • Q&A Networks and Training events 
  • T Level Foundation year 

Read the November E-Bulletin 

 

City & Guilds:

In-person Introduction to T Level events for pre-delivery centres

Between January and April, City & Guilds team of experienced Technical Advisors will be hosting in-person events across the country for providers not yet delivering T Levels. There will be specific events for:

  • Onsite Construction and Building Services Engineering
  • Management and Administration 
  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Agriculture, Environmental and Animal Care

These events will be an opportunity to ask questions and network with other colleges in your region and will be particularly relevant to anyone who would be involved in the implementation or delivery of T Levels, including heads of centre, curriculum leads and tutors.

Find an event near you: Events and webinars - T Levels | City & Guilds

In-person core assessment support events for in-delivery centres - final few spaces

There are only a few spaces left for City and Guilds in-person T Level core assessment support events in December. These events will bring together centres that are delivering the T Level core to share good practices and are aimed at delivery staff delivering the T Level core assessment. 

19 December, 10.00 GMT Wakefield: Reserve a spot here.

20 December, 10.00 GMT London: Reserve a spot here.

 

NCFE:

What you need to know for the T Level autumn assessment series with NCFE

To help you prepare for your students sitting either the core exams or Employer Set Project (ESP) in the autumn assessment series, NCFE is sharing some useful reminders to help ensure these assessments go smoothly. Read the advice here.

 

Help us to improve information to students about Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs) so they can get the skills employers need

We want students to make the best choices for their future. The Department for Education and our research partner, Kantar Public, would like your help to improve the information students receive about Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs). HTQs are a post-18 option for students, delivered at universities and colleges, that are job-focused and designed to provide the skills employers need.   

We want providers of Level 3 qualifications to take part in this exciting opportunity to find out what engages your students to make informed choices, and to help them make the best decision for their future. Taking part is easy and we will supply all the materials you will need.  

Express your interest by 30 November. 

 

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