Milton Keynes has been named as one of sixty-four colleges nationwide which have been chosen to offer the new T-Level, technical qualifications before they’re rolled out across the country. Students will be able to sign up for them in time for the 2021 academic year. The College is one of about twenty which will do so across the whole spectrum of available subject areas, digital, construction, education and childcare, and health and science.
Fifty colleges will be offering limited T-Levels from 2020 with the group announced today as the larger, “second wave” of providers.
The news was announced by Education Secretary Damian Hinds who says: “A radical shake-up of technical and vocational education in this country is long overdue. T-levels are our chance to do that – offering young people high-quality alternatives to our world-class A-levels.”
Mr Hinds says colleges like Milton Keynes will, “play an important role in ensuring more young people across the country can access these courses and help develop the skilled workforce the country needs for the future.”
College Principal Chris McLean says, “Being selected to offer T-Levels early to students in Milton Keynes is a vote of confidence from the government. It’s a great opportunity for local people to take advantage of these new qualifications. Business and industry will be really closely involved in designing them ensuring that they’re really relevant to helping people into modern careers. What’s more we see the three T-Levels in the Digital pathway providing a strong progression pipeline to our Digital IoT (Institute of Technology) at Bletchley Park, which is planned to go live in 2021.”