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01 December 2022 - T Level Newsletter

This week's newsletter includes updates on:

Launch of Wave 5 T Level capital fund

Last week we announced the next round of T Levels capital funding and opened the window for applications for Wave 5 of the Buildings and Facilities Improvement Grant, for providers delivering T Levels in September 2024.

Wave 5 will make at least £150 million of capital funding available for T Level providers, made up of:

  • Specialist Equipment Allocation (SEA), which providers do not need to apply for, and we expect to pay out in early 2024
  • Buildings and Facilities Improvement Grant (BFIG)

Guidance for applicants, including information on how to apply for BFIG, can be found here. We will be running a webinar on the fund, which you can sign up to here.

 

T Level Transition Programme (TLTP) technical focus group events

These online events are for ALL TLTP PROVIDERS who are currently or planning to deliver the T Level Transition Programme.

The target audience  is those staff that will be delivering the Introductory Technical Skills component of the TLTP, for example teachers, lecturers, instructors, curriculum leads or curriculum managers. The content for each of these events will focus on a route-specific area (e.g. Digital, Construction).

The events will be delivered by Technical Education Advisers (TEAs) who have played a key role in designing the National Technical Outcomes (NTOs), and will provide further insight into the TLTP Framework for Delivery and the Technical Skills Component.

The events for each TLTP route are scheduled as follows – click on the links provided for more details and to register for each event.

DIGITAL - Monday 5 December, 10:00 - 12:00

CONSTRUCTION AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT - Tuesday 6 December, 10:00 - 12:00

EDUCATION AND CHILDCARE - Wednesday 7 December, 10:00 - 12:00

HEALTH AND SCIENCE - Thursday 8 December, 10:00 - 12:00

BUSINESS AND ADMINISTRATION - Friday 9 December, 10:00 - 12.00

LEGAL FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING - Monday 12 December, 10:00 - 12:00

ENGINEERING AND MANUFACTURING - Tuesday 13 December, 10:00 - 12:00

CATERING AND HOSPITALITY - Tuesday 13 December, 10:00 - 12:00

AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT AND ANIMAL CARE - Wednesday 14 December, 10:00 - 12:00

CREATIVE AND DESIGN - Thursday 15 December, 10:00 - 12:00

HAIR AND BEAUTY - Friday 16 December, 10:00 – 12:00

 

December Provider Insight Days

An excellent opportunity for Wave 4 (2023) providers to benefit from a face-to-face visit with Wave 1 (2020) providers.

There will be talks from senior leaders, curriculum staff,  the employer engagement team. Providers can also learn lessons from their T Level journey and experience a tour of the facilities and a look at how the Specialist Equipment Allocation has been used.

Wednesday 7th December 2022 – Cirencester College (T Level & TLTP)  - T Level Provider Insight Day - Cirencester… | Association of Colleges (aoc.co.uk) 10am – 3pm.

Thursday 8th December 2022 – New College Durham (T Level & TLTP) - T Level Provider Insight Day - New College… | Association of Colleges (aoc.co.uk) 10am - 3pm.

 

Events and support brochure for T Level and T Level Transition Programme providers

On behalf of the Department for Education, the Association of Colleges (AoC) are delivering a comprehensive and exciting programme of support and events for providers delivering T Level and T Level Transition Programmes.

This brochure sets out the core programme of advisor support and events provided for your organisation. The support has been designed to cover various provider types, with the events colour coded so you can see immediately which one is most suitable to your needs.. It also includes a calendar of all events for this academic year, plus booking links.

Support is provided by AoC’s expert team of advisers, who have a wide range of experience and expertise from across the education and skills sector, including directly delivering programmes in schools and further education institutions. Support and events are carefully planned to ensure you will receive expert input,  current policy updates and networking opportunities.

The Department for Education strongly recommends that all providers make full use of these events and support programme. For more information please email tlevelsupport@aoc.co.uk or transition.programme@aoc.co.uk.

 

HTQ Employer event

This September saw the first teachings of newly approved Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQ) in Digital occupations. Next September, will see more Digital qualifications, as well as new options in Construction and Health & Science. These Level 4 and 5 qualifications are an ideal next step for students who have just completed T Levels and A Levels and wish to continue study in a chosen career.

HTQs are part of the July 2020 reforms to Higher Technical Education (HTE) looking to make them a more popular and prestigious choice that provides the skills employers need.

Research has shown that HTE is not widely understood and valued by employers.

A key part of the DfE’s HTE employer strategy is organising a series of national employer events to raise awareness and promote Higher Technical Education, with the flagship route being Higher Technical Qualifications.

We are holding our first hybrid event (online and in person) focusing on Engineering and Manufacturing on  Wednesday 7 Dec 2022,14:00-15:30 at the Solihull and Birmingham IOT/Aston University.

We want to invite as many employers as possible to attend in person. The event will focus on strengthening HTE, understanding the new approved HTQs, and showcasing modern provision delivery to highlight the benefit to employers/businesses. To join please register on the website.

The objective of these events is to raise awareness, gauge interest of employers to become advocates/ambassadors for HTQs and  increase the recruiting and reskilling of employees.

We are calling on you to please promote the event to your colleagues and networks.

To find out more please contact kanika.roy@education.gov.uk or james.corbett@education.gov.uk

 

T Level Transition Programme’s Marketing National Technical Outcomes

Help us develop new Marketing National Technical Outcomes for future T Level Transition programmes in the Sales, Marketing and Procurement route.

Gentle reminder that registration closes at midnight Monday 5 December – to get involved express your interest now via the online registration form - please share the link with colleagues in your organisation.

This is an exciting and unique opportunity for marketing education professionals, teachers, curriculum and T Level and T Level Transition leads to work with government and other education and industry professionals in an online review of the T Level Transition Programme’s Marketing National Technical Outcomes subject content in the Sales, Marketing and Procurement route.

The time commitment is for two online sessions, each 2.5 hrs in duration. It is vital that you attend both sessions as these are equally important to the content development work. There will be some work outside of the meetings to read draft materials and to gather views from your network so that you are ready to give feedback. In total, we estimate this will require up to two days of your time, including preparation and attendance at meetings on the following dates and times:

Session 1 Thursday 19 January 2023 @ 3:00-5:30pm

Session 2 Monday 6 February 2023 @ 3:00-5:30pm 

Your role in the process is valuable and contributions are important to the development of high-quality subject content, that will be taught in your classrooms. Further information on the T Level Transition Programme is available from gov.uk, including the Framework for Delivery and the national technical outcomes for existing T Level Transition Programmes.

If you have a question, please email the team TLevelTransition.PROGRAMME@education.gov.uk.

 

REMINDER - Mandatory FE Workforce data collection deadline approaching!

All in scope FE providers have until midnight 14 December to complete their returns.

To access the collection, use the Submit Learner Data sign in process: https://submit-learner-data.service.gov.uk. If your register for an account, please follow this guidance: How to register for an IDAMS account - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). Supporting guidance documents for staff can be found here:

Further education workforce data collection - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Providers can also join a daily call to raise queries and get questions answered to help with completion of their 2021 to 2022 data returns.

The call will open at 10:30am daily for 30 minutes. Note that providers may need to wait in the lobby to be admitted to the call to enable the calls to be conducted one on one, we will be using breakout rooms to do this.

You can join via Microsoft Teams

 

Awarding Organisation updates

C&G:

Reminder of registration & booking windows

Registrations for new T Level learners are still being taken. The standard registration period has now ended, but the late registration period runs until 23 December. The booking window for Occupational Specialism assessments is open until 16 December. To register new learners or book OS assessments, please visit Walled Garden | City & Guilds (walled-garden.com)

T Levels awareness webinar

City & Guilds will be running an awareness webinar for new providers on 12 December, 3.30-4.30pm. This session is for new providers wanting a high-level overview of T Level Technical Qualifications, including programmes offered by City & Guilds. It will be particularly beneficial for those providers intending to deliver T Levels in the future, and who have not worked with City & Guilds previously.

Register for this event here: Registration (gotowebinar.com)

Support events for in-delivery providers

C&G team of Technical Advisors will be hosting support events for providers currently delivering T Levels. These online events will be a great opportunity to ask questions, discuss progress and connect with other providers. Follow the links below to register:

Pearson:

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

  • Q&A Networks and Training events  
  • Registrations and entries
  • Legal Services update  

Read the November E-Bulletin

Highfield:

If you would like to know more about the T Level Technical Qualification in Catering and the supporting resources that will be available , Highfield are hosting a forum in December 2022 where you can have your say!  If you would like to join please do get in touch at tlevels@highfield.co.uk

 

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