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Activate Learning to provide new T Level qualifications from 2021

Colleges across Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Surrey to offer new technical qualification alternative to A-levels.

19 June 2019

The Department of Education announced this week that Activate Learning, the leading education group behind Reading College, has been chosen as a new T Level qualification provider.

From September 2021, Activate Learning’s colleges in Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Surrey will offer T Level programmes in Digital Production, Design and Development and Health and Science.

T Levels are a new, technical skills-based alternative to A-levels. To gain the qualification, 16-19 year olds will undertake a collaborative 45-day work placement in addition to studying for an industry-specific technical qualification at college.

The new qualifications come at a time when continuing falls in unemployment levels, Brexit uncertainty and potential limitations on migrant workers could impact negatively on already widening local skills gaps.

And advances in technology will mean that some jobs will disappear completely, replaced by completely new and different skill sets. 

Activate Learning works with business to develop the attributes that young people need to succeed in the workplace now and in the future. In partnership with industry, we are a creating a talent pipeline to support economic growth,

Lee Nicholls, Activate Learning Group Executive Director said:

“We already work extensively and successfully with our business partners to co-create curricula, provide work placements and prepare our students for employment. We’re currently successfully piloting T Level style work placements and would like to encourage local employers to support us in this process so that we can plan and develop the T Level programmes together.

“We are also extremely pleased to be chosen as a T Level qualification provider. These high-quality alternatives to A-levels will support our students to develop the specialist vocational and technical skills needed for the workplace, and will help to develop the skilled workforce needed for sustainable economic growth.”

Activate Learning, in association with the Banbury Chamber of Commerce and the Education and Skills Funding Agency, is hosting a T Levels information event on Wednesday 26 June, 12:00 – 2:00pm at Banbury and Bicester College, Broughton Road, Banbury.

Aimed at local businesses, the event covers:
• The benefits of engaging with education
• How industry placements benefit your business
• What you need to know about the new T Levels
• How business and education working together can develop a talent pipeline to sustain growth

More information, including how to book your place, is available here .