Take part in a consultation to help shape new craft and design T Levels for 16 to 19 year olds

Learners can become an expert in making jewellery, ceramics, furniture, textiles and fashion items

An exciting new T Level will train young people to create jewellery, fashion, ceramics, textiles, and furniture.

T Levels are two-year classroom-based technical study programmes, which also involve a substantial placement working with relevant employers. They are being rolled out across the economy and alongside apprenticeships and A levels, T Levels will be one of the three major options available to students aged 16 – 19.

Four specialist occupations are available to students as part of this T Level: jewellery maker, ceramics maker, furniture maker, and textiles and fashion.

Our consultation is seeking the views of everyone involved with the craft and design sector on the planned content for this exciting new qualification.

Carmel Grant, Deputy director for the Institute’s T Level Implementation and Delivery team, said:
“This is an exciting opportunity for everyone who cares about craft and design to help shape future training targeted at young people. I would like to encourage as many people as possible to take part in the consultation.”

The craft and design T Level is part of the wave 4 cohort of T Levels, set to be launched in colleges and schools from September 2023.

The consultation is focused on the draft outline content for the T Level designed by our panel of industry experts.

It will close on Friday 15 January and the feedback received will help the Institute determine where more work needs to be done to meet the skills need of the sector.


For background

  • Alongside craft and design, other T Levels will be launched in 2023, they include: agriculture, catering, hair and beauty, and media, broadcast and production.
  • T levels are being rolled out from 2020 to 2023 across 11 different sectors, which include sectors such as digital, construction, engineering & manufacturing and business & administration.
  • The first three T Levels (in Education and Childcare, Construction and Digital) have been taught to students since September.