T Levels

City & Guilds, in partnership with EAL, have been awarded the contract to be the delivery partner for the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (The Institute) to develop the new T Level Technical Qualifications (TQs) in Engineering and Manufacturing.

The development of the TQs is underway, with first teaching of these new qualifications to take place from September 2022.

The three TQs in development are:

• Design and Development
• Maintenance, Installation and Repair
• Manufacturing, Processing and Control

C&G are currently looking for employers to review the developing content to make sure they are fit for purpose and will equip learners with all the skills and knowledge they need to be a valuable member of workforces.

What are T Levels?

T Levels are new courses which follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A levels. These two-year courses, first launched in September 2020, have been developed in collaboration with employers and providers so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares learners for work, further training or study.

T Levels offer learners a combination of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days). T Levels are based on the same standards as apprenticeships and will be approved by the institute and accredited by Ofqual.

Employer involvement requested by C&G:

“As we get ready for T Level delivery, we’re collaborating with employers on developing the TQs, and we’d also value your input.

There is an opportunity to get involved in 3 areas, including:

• the design of the TQs – including determining the guided learning hours (GLH) and amplification of content

• the development of assessment which will detail how the qualification assessments will be designed and delivered

• the review and validation of the TQs and the sample assessments have the correct level of coverage and are suitably aligned to industry.

Employer Industry Board

To demonstrate our commitment to meeting employers’ needs in the Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering industry, we formed our Employer Industry Board (EIB).

The EIB comprises of employers, professional associations, and other sector figures and specialists to ensure our products and services are fit for purpose and meet the requirements of our industries.

We held our first Engineering and Manufacturing (EIB) meeting of the year on 30 March. Thirty employers joined the session, some for the first time. The theme of the meeting was ‘A look at today but an eye on tomorrow’. We discussed T Level updates, the engineering qualification landscape, progression into Higher Education, apprenticeship standards and we heard from some of our valued employers. There were plenty of opportunities for employers to get involved with the discussions, which were led by our Engineering Industry Managers and Technical Advisors.

During the EIB meetings we aim to discuss a wide range of sector topics to ensure that our employers have the breadth of understanding and are fully updated within the engineering and manufacturing qualifications sector. The employers were also offered a digital credential for supporting our EIB, which was greatly received.

You can learn more about our established Employer Industry Board.