New apprenticeships and skills minister Anne Milton has announced that she will delay delivery of the first qualifications by 12 months.
The first two pathfinder qualifications were supposed to be approved by February 2019, with teaching to commence from that September. The remaining routes were then intended to be phased in from 2020 to 2022, a timescale that had been branded “impossible” by several major awarding bodies including City & Guilds.
In an answer to a parliamentary question tabled by Rebecca Pow today, Ms Milton said:
“The post-16 skills plan set out our plan to reform technical education including the introduction of 15 new technical routes to skilled employment, new college-based training programmes based on employer-designed standards, and high quality T-level work placements.
“My officials have now carried out extensive testing of the current delivery plans, including in relation to work placement provision, in discussion with employers, providers and awarding organisations.
“Following that assessment, we have concluded that we will deliver a small number of T-levels from September 2020.”
The remaining T-level routes will still be available as planned in September 2022.
The news has been welcomed by many in the sector, including AELP, the AoC, and CDI.