T Levels are new, two-year, technical study programmes, designed with employers to give young people the skills that industry needs. They will provide a mixture of:
T Levels will become one of three major options for students to study at level 3, alongside apprenticeships for those who wish to study and train for a specific occupation ‘on the job’, and A levels for students who wish to continue academic education.
Within the 15 Occupational Maps set up by the Sainsbury Review, 11 have T Levels planned.
A T Level is split into three main sections:
Within the post-16 market, there are over 13,000 vocational, technical and academic courses available.
Lord Sainsbury’s review in 2016 outlined the ways in which we can simplify and improve the choices available to young people. The Government chose to adopt these recommendations in full.
Reforming technical education will help meet the needs of our growing and rapidly changing economy, by raising the prestige of technical education so that it is sought-after by students, and so that employers recognise and value the skills and experience that it provides.
Together, T Levels and apprenticeships will provide a reformed, comprehensive and high-quality technical option.
T Levels are being rolled out from 2020. We have finalised our outline content for the first three T Levels. This forms what is known as Wave 1.
Three additional pathways, set for Wave 2 (2021), have also seen their outline content put out for consultation. This window closed on November 12th, and the Institute is now assessing the responses.
The IFA will primarily be responsible for the TQ. This will involve the procurement and management of contracts with Authorising Organisations.
It will also involve the facilitation of T Level Panels. These are sets of industry experts who work with the Institute to design TQ content that is relevant and engaging. During this development phase, draft materials will be shared with providers.
Going forward, the Institute will assume full control of the TQ in February 2019.
The Institute is changing its e-Sourcing tool, post Wave 1 procurement from BRAVO to PROACTIS i.e. all future procurements would be conducted through the new e-Sourcing tool.
To enable easy access to the Institutes procurements, you would be required to register an account on the tool via proactis portal. environment There is NO charge for registering an account on the portal environment and to take part in our purchasing activities, you must have an account registered on the portal.
As part of the Government’s commitment to reform Technical Qualifications (TQ) in the UK, the Institute is looking to procure the services of Awarding Organisations who can deliver Wave 2 Technical Qualification expectations. The Supplier Market Event is expected to underpin the release of an Invitation to Tender in March 2018, therefore interested suppliers must be sure they are in a position to fully engage with the Institute during this period.
The remit of the TQ contracts would entail development of the qualification specification, the assessment of the qualifications and associated services.
In preparation for the Wave 2 procurement, we are holding a Supplier Market Engagement event on 16th January 2019. The reasons for holding this event is to:
The event would consist of an informative/interactive approach, not to be missed. Details of how to register for these sessions will be included in the Wave 2 Market Prior Information Notice (PIN), which is published on the proactis portal.
VENUE: The event will be held at ETC venues, One Drummond Gate, Victoria, London SW1V 2QQ
DATE: 16th January 2018
TIME: 10.00am - 5.00pm
BOOKING DETAILS: To book a place at one of the days, please email IFA.TLEVELPROCUREMENT@education.gov.uk, with the following information:
Plans are also being developed for a specific session on consortia working. This is scheduled to take place in London on 17th January, 2019. The event is expected to cover:
We envisage that there would be an opportunity for Q&A following the presentations, followed by an opportunity for networking. The session will be supplemented by a supporting document, which will provide information on consortia to potential T Level bidders.
Please note that there are some constraints on how far DfE/IfA can and should go in advising on specific consortium arrangements or in pre-empting the legal and commercial judgments which AOs will need to make for themselves.
Details of how to register for these sessions are available on the proactis portal.
We are seeking your views to help ensure that the outline content captures the right knowledge, skills and performance outcomes that will enable students to enter employment within their chosen occupational specialisms. Our Route Panels of employer experts will consider your views when scrutinising the outline content documents.
Please respond by midnight on Thursday 17 January 2019.