This pledge by the government comes as part of its plan to improve the country’s technical education system – education that focuses on career preparation for skilled trades. At present, students wanting to pursue skilled employment have three main options, A-Levels and a degree, an Applied General Qualification (such as a BTEC), or an apprenticeship.
The government is looking to reorganise technical education by bringing in another option called T Levels, mixing classroom and on-the-job learning to prepare individuals for skilled work. T Levels are due to start in September 2020 and are expected to be fully rolled out by 2022.
It is as part of this programme that the government has planned to ensure that T Level students undertake at least a three-month work experience placement. With the programme yet to get off the ground, this work experience policy itself has also ‘not started’. We’ll be watching to see when we can change the status to ‘in progress’. Follow this policy to stay up to date.
- Post-16 technical education reforms: T level action plan – Gov.uk
- T Levels: next steps for providers – Gov.uk
- Career and Technical Education – The Glossary of Education Reform
- T levels: Technical education – City & Guilds