The Chancellor confirmed funding for the introduction of new A-level equivalent technical qualifications, ‘T-levels’ in today’s spring budget.
These will be introduced for 16 to 19 year old technical students from autumn 2019. Students will be able to choose from 15 different routes such as construction, digital or agriculture.
The number of hours of training for these students will increase by over 50%. As part of the course, all students will take part in an industry work placement.
The government will also provide maintenance loans for students doing higher-level technical courses at National Colleges and Institutes of Technology – like those available to university students.