IfATE consulting on content for three new T-level pathways

Providers and employers are being asked for their views on the draft content for three more T-level pathways.

A consultation, launched by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education today, is for courses in business and administration, human resources, and hair and beauty.

The deadline for responses is 6 August. The pathways are expected to be taught from September 2021, in the second wave of the T-levels rollout.

The content has been developed by the institute’s “panels of experts” and will be used by awarding bodies to develop technical qualifications for each T-level.

“We are seeking your views to help ensure that the content captures the right knowledge, skills and performance outcomes that will enable students to enter employment within their chosen occupational specialisms,” the institute’s consultation’s webpage states.

Its chief executive, Sir Gerry Berragan, added: “We are working closely with employers to ensure the technical qualifications are delivering what they need for a more skilled workforce.

“I would encourage all employers in the business administration and hair and beauty sectors to contribute to this consultation and hope those that do respond will continue to engage with us as these qualifications are developed.”

T-levels are new two-year, technical study programmes that will be available across 11 industry routes. They’re being designed as the technical alternatives to A-levels.

The outline content for the first T-levels (in education and childcare, construction, digital, and health and science) has been approved and published, and will be taught from September next year.

There has been two other previous T-level content consultations which covered courses in onsite construction, building services engineering, digital support and services, health, healthcare science, and science.

The full T-levels rollout, when a total of 25 subject areas will be covered, will not be until 2023.