Revealed: The awarding bodies delivering the second wave of T-levels

The awarding organisations that will develop, deliver and award the seven T-levels being rolled out from 2021 are NCFE and City & Guilds, the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has announced.

NCFE has been awarded contracts worth a combined total of £16.6 million to develop qualifications for digital business services, digital support and services, health, healthcare science and science.

City & Guilds has won the contract worth £3.7 million for onsite construction and building services engineering.

Education secretary Gavin Williamson said: “It’s really important that we get the delivery of T-levels right.

“City & Guilds and the NCFE have been selected to deliver the second wave of T-levels because of their breadth of knowledge and expertise in the sector. I look forward to seeing our new qualifications become world-leading, ahead of the 2021 roll out, with these two organisations at the helm.”

NCFE also won a contract to help deliver first wave of T-levels from next year, along with Pearson.

Its chief operating officer Stewart Foster said: “We are absolutely delighted that NCFE has been awarded this new contract to be the delivery partner.

“To be at the forefront of this revolution in technical education means we can continue to support thousands of learners across England to progress and succeed.”

City & Guilds will be partnering with engineering and advanced manufacturing awarding organisation EAL to develop and deliver qualifications.

Managing director of City & Guilds Group Kirstie Donnelly said: “The construction sector has been at the heart of City & Guilds since it was founded over 140 years ago and so we are delighted to have been awarded the contract to deliver construction T-levels.

“This a landmark moment within UK education and we look forward to being at the forefront of this new era.”

The 64 providers selected to deliver the second wave of T-levels from 2021 were announced in June.

The roll-out of the flagship qualifications has not been without its troubles; just this week, it was announced Gavin Williamson’s own alma mater, Scarborough Sixth Form College, was pulling out of delivering part of their T-level offer.

Principal Phil Rumsey said: “Due to our geographical location, it is proving difficult to secure sufficient work placements to meet the demands of the digital T-level and it is also difficult recruiting good quality teachers in what is a shortage subject”.