Employers and education providers are not prepared for the impact of T Levels

With T Levels kicking in as of 2020, research by City & Guilds and AELP show that both education providers and employers are not prepared for this shift. Education Executive reports.

We’re just two years away from T Levels becoming part of the curriculum in the UK, but City & Guilds and AELP have published research which shows that only 17% of UK employers feel they have a good understanding of these new qualifications, and just under half – 49% – rate their knowledge of it as poor. More worrying still, 54% of education providers categorise their own understanding of T Levels as middling or poor.

A major element of the T Level programme is a mandatory work placement of 45 days; currently, 71% of employers and 74% of training providers only offer work placements of one-to-two weeks for 16-19-year-olds. Just 8% of employers actually provide the time frame required by the T Levels, so there will need to be a huge shift not just in ability to accommodate the duration of the work experience, but the number of students employers take on.

MD at City & Guilds Group, Kirstie Donnelly, commented on the research:

“Despite supporting T Levels in principle, employers and education providers are voicing serious concerns about the implementation of the new qualifications, particularly around their ability to deliver on the promise of a substantial work placement opportunity. Without the proper infrastructure and financial support in place before roll-out, we risk creating cold spots around the country where students simply aren’t able to access a high-quality placement in their chosen area of study.”

Most employers, thankfully, do show support for the T Levels, with 74% of respondents indicating they wish to play a greater role in helping students apply their learning in a workplace setting.

John Falder, MD of HMG Paints Ltd., commented:

“On the whole, employers tend to be far too quick to dismiss young people as not having the right behaviours and skills to enter the workplace. But, if implemented and used in the right way, T Levels present a huge opportunity to bridge that gap, helping both develop and support the next generation workforce and provide employers with a stream of work-ready young people.”

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