IfA consulting on content for five new T-level pathways

The Institute for Apprenticeships is seeking input from providers, awarding organisations and employers on the draft content for five more T-level pathways.

The new consultation is for courses in building services engineering, digital business services, health, healthcare science, and science, which are expected to be taught from September 2021 in wave two of the T-levels rollout.

It was launched today and runs for a month until January 17.

Sir Gerry Berragan, chief executive of the IfA, said: “It is so important that we have a world class technical education teaching offer.

“We know that as a nation we are being held back by a shortage of skills and T-levels will have a key part to play in changing that.”

Addressing employers, he added: “Your involvement as leaders in helping to develop the content is invaluable and I hope you will be able to stay engaged for a long time to come.”

This is the third batch of draft content to have gone out for consultation.

The first batch covered the first three pathways to be introduced for teaching from 2020: design, surveying and planning, in the constructions route; digital production, design and development, in the digital route; and education and childcare.

The second lot covered courses in onsite construction, building services engineering and digital support and services, which are expected to be rolled out from 2021 onwards.

T-levels were first announced in 2016, following the Sainsbury review of technical education.

They’re intended to set a new “gold standard” in training, and be on a par with A-levels.

According to the Department for Education’s response to its T-level consultation, published in May this year, it intends to introduce 13 courses in 2021 and a further nine in 2022 – with full delivery delayed until 2023.