Aylesbury Students asked to consider new 'T Level Qualifications' in bid to kickstart Buckinghamshire economy post covid
They have been described as 'high-quality technical alternatives to A levels.
Aylesbury Vale Students will be able to study T Level's from September 2021.
T Level courses will be available to students across four subject areas: Digital, Design & Development, Education & Childcare, Supporting Healthcare and Laboratory Science.
The pioneering new qualifications have been designed in collaboration with leading employers so they will provide the skills that businesses across the region need and reflect some of the top current growth areas in Buckinghamshire.
IT & cyber security is one of the region’s biggest job growth areas with the Health & Social Care and Education being two of the region’s largest employment sectors.
T Levels are unique as they combine classroom study with a substantial industry placement so young people gain valuable work experience in their chosen sector.
12% or 28,000 people in Buckinghamshire are currently employed in the Health and Social Care sector, and the Education & Childcare sector is also a big, growing employer, providing 20,000 jobs in the region.
From September, Buckinghamshire College Group will be offering the new T Level qualifications and many local businesses are looking at T Levels as a great way to bring in new ideas and the latest skills and as a new way to find, nurture and secure young talent.
These industry placements are core to the make-up of T Levels and see students spending an extended period (at least 45 days) in a work environment, at a local business, gaining hands-on experience and learning vital technical skills.
Lydia Scarlett, a student at Buckinghamshire College Group is starting her T Level in education and childcare in September, said, “I’ve always had a passion for working with children so I’m excited to start my course in September.
"The T Level course provides a combination of knowledge learned in the classroom and ‘on the job’ experience. I’m looking forward to doing an industry placement where I can gain valuable insight into the school setting.
"It’s great to know I have a number of options when finishing my T Level from going straight into work or University.”
After the coronavirus outbreak, the Government say T Levels will play a key part in rebuilding the economy in Buckinghamshire and beyond, boosting access to high-quality technical education for thousands of young people.
Successfully completing a T Level will give young people the option to progress to the next level, whether that is going on to further study, including at university, or getting a job or an apprenticeship in one of these growing sectors.
Commenting on T Levels, Karen Mitchell, Principal and Chief Executive of Buckinghamshire College Group said: “We are excited to be delivering T Levels from September 2021.
"T Levels are the next step up for 16-19-year-old students who know which direction they want to pursue for a career. Combining 20% industry placement with 80% in college learning helps students to progress into skilled employment, University and higher-level study or apprenticeships”.
Buckinghamshire College Group will be hosting a virtual T Levels Information Event, 18th March, to support students in making future choices during lockdown.
This event will take place online where students and parents will find out from the college team more about T Levels starting at Bucks College Group in September 2021 in a live video webinar.
You can register for this event here: https://www.buckscollegegroup.ac.uk/t-levels-eventTo find out more about T Levels go to: http://www.tlevels.gov.uk