T Levels are here...but what are they and how can you get involved? | EEF

T Levels are here...now have your say on what they should look like!

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As you may be aware the Government announced changes to technical education back in the 2017 Spring Budget. The Government has committed £500 million per year to the new T Levels aimed at simplifying post-16 education so that 16 year olds leaving school have a clear choice between an academic route, i.e. A Levels, or a technical route, i.e. T Levels.


In short the 2 year T Levels are made up of three components:


  1. A technical qualification - knowledge, skills and behaviours required for the route and specialism;
  2. Common core - Evidence of a basic level of Mathematics and English (GCSE level); and
  3. Three months’ work experience relevant to the pathway and specialism.

Pupils that choose to follow the T Level pathway will choose between 15 occupational routes, one being Engineering and Manufacturing. The route has been structured by occupations, so that the student will achieve a qualification at the end of their two years ready for employment within that occupation.


Within the E&M route there are three alternative pathways; engineering design and development, manufacturing and process, and maintenance, installation and repair. Due to there being a large number of apprenticeships standards within the engineering sector it is vital that the qualifications within this route remain rigorous and of high quality.


Oversight of T Levels and their content will fall within the remit of the Institute for Apprenticeships (IFA).


Details of the reforms have been released and we are now seeking your views and suggestions to ensure they fit the needs of employers.


To get involved please contact Bhavina Bharkhada (Education and Skills Policy Advisor) on bbharkhada@eef.org.uk


Education and Skills Policy Advisor

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