Today I was elected Chair of the All-Party-Parliamentary-Group (APPG) on T-Levels.
T-Levels focus on vocational skills and can help students into skilled employment, higher study or apprenticeships. The new technical qualification can be taken after GCSEs instead of A levels, and include an in-depth industry placement that lasts at least 45 days.
I am excited to join this APPG because for me, levelling up is about improving our education system and bridging the attainment gap. Education must be perceived as part of the solution to rebuilding the economy. That is why we need to champion high quality technical education and deliver what is required for a 21st century British employment market. The introduction of T-Levels is therefore critical and a vital pillar to strengthen our young people’s future prospects and develop a skilled and productive workforce.
Today, T-level students had the opportunity to talks to us about their experience, particularly throughout the pandemic. The learners described how they struggled with their industry placements last year as they had to work online, but being able to return to their placements has helped them apply what they are learning in the classroom to a greater extent. I look forward to seeing all the fantastic things our T-Level students will go onto achieving in the future.
We also had the Minister for Apprenticeships, Gillian Keegan, speak about her support for T-levels and how the Covid pandemic has affected T-Level delivery. I look forward to working with her on addressing the challenges faced by higher education and improving the delivery and quality of T-levels.