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No contractors on T-level onsite panel

A government panel set up to develop the onsite T-level curriculum features no contractors, with six out of 13 appointments instead coming from the housebuilding sector.

The onsite panel is one of three for construction set up by the government to develop the curriculum for T-levels – technical qualifications for 16-19 year olds – which come into operation in 2020.

Out of the 13 panel members, six are primarily associated with the housebuilding, including Lovell people development manager Bruce Broughton, Miller Homes regional technical co-ordinator Guy Poyser, and Countryside director Paul Sweeney.

The panel chair is FMB board member Julian Weightman, who is also the MD of Border Craft Group, which focuses on housing.

The only representative for the commercial or infrastructure sector is Build UK skills manager Sarah Gerry.

The onsite panel also features CITB head of apprenticeships Gillian Cain.

Alongside the onsite skills group, details for two other construction industry T-level panels were released.

A design, surveying and planning panel will be led by chartered building surveyor Dayle Bayliss from Dayle Bayliss Associates.

Panellists also include Morgan Sindall senior commercial manager Lucy Wiltshire and Skanska chief engineering surveyor Mark Lawton.

The third and final panel will look at building services engineering, which focuses on M&E-related skills.

The panel membership lists and a consultation on the design of T-levels were announced by the education secretary Justine Greening at a Department for Education ‘Skills Summit’ in Whitehall on Thursday.

Ms Greening said: “In the greatest shake-up of further education in 70 years we are introducing new T-levels for 16-19-year-olds, an alternative to A-levels focused on practical, technical skills which will include a mandatory three-month work placement.

“Indeed, today we are also publishing a full consultation on the detailed design and implementation of these T-levels, and we’re also announcing the full list of our T-level panels for the first six T-level routes.”

T-levels were first announced by the government in 2016 with funding of £500m a year.

Onsite Construction panel

  • Julian Weightman (chair) – managing director, Bordercraft Group
  • Bruce Boughton – people development manager, Lovell Partnerships
  • John Bradbury – head of learning for construction, Chichester College
  • Gillian Cain – head of apprenticeships, CITB
  • Simon Dixon – training manager, National Federation of Roofing Contractors
  • Jason Duncan – operations director, Chameleon School of Construction
  • Craig Ferrans – technical director, Home Builders Federation
  • Sarah Garry – skills manager, Build UK
  • Robert Howard – consultant director, Tile Association
  • Angela Laycock – major, British Army
  • Geoffrey Mann – industry training manager, NHBC 
  • Guy Poyser – regional technical co-ordinator, Miller Homes
  • Paul Sweeney – director, Countryside Properties

Design, Surveying and Planning panel

  • Dayle Bayliss (chair) – partner, Dayle Bayliss Associates
  • David Ewing – head of guidance, Local Authority Building Control
  • Harriet Harriss – head of MPhil/PhD architecture/interior design research programmes, Royal College of Art
  • Mark Lawton – chief engineering surveyor, Skanska UK
  • Rebecca Lindridge – associate quantity surveyor, Aecom
  • Edith Mueller – facade consultant. RBA Mueller
  • Ian Norman – director, Powell Dobson Architects
  • Martyn Price – workforce development director, O’Halloran & O’Brien
  • Samantha Scott – senior cost consultant, Currie Brown
  • Andrew Stanley – head of education policy, Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Terry Stone – chief designer, KBR
  • Andrew Thomas – building surveyor, Hyndburn Borough Council
  • Steven Thompson – associate director of the built environment, RICS
  • Lucy Wiltshire – senior commercial manager, Morgan Sindall

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