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Construction chosen for first T-level courses

Construction has been picked as one of the first three T-levels to be developed by the government as part of plans unveiled by the chancellor last year.

However, the first construction T-level courses will start in 2020/21, two years later than the initial planned start date of 2018/19.

The construction industry has been selected alongside digital and education & childcare as the first three pathfinder qualifications to be taken forward by the government.

Chancellor Philip Hammond announced as part of his March Budget that he would be investing £500m in developing a new-style technical course that would offer an alternative to A-levels.

Mr Hammond revealed that T-levels would cover 15 different sectors of the economy, with all 15 to be brought in by 2022.

A panel comprising representatives from EDF, Morgan Sindall and Skanska has been appointed to help with developing the courses.

The T-level is a two-year course, with students learning core construction skills in their first year.

In the second year, students will specialise on their specific chosen discipline with a much larger emphasis on practical work. The second year will also include an obligatory three-month work placement with a firm, covering a student’s chosen field.

T-levels: All you need to know

CN looked at the details of the proposals following the chancellor’s announcement.

Education secretary Justine Greening said: “We are transforming technical education in this country, developing our homegrown talent so that our young people have the world-class skills and knowledge that employers need.

“As we prepare to leave the EU, it is more important than ever that we create an outstanding further education and skills system, giving all young people the opportunity to fulfil their potential and deliver a better future for our country.”

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