July 5, 2019 @ 10:30 by Richard Dawson
Sunderland College has been chosen to deliver the second wave of the new T Level qualifications.
It is one of only 64 further education providers nationally that will be able to provide the new technical qualifications.
The college will offer T Level courses in digital, construction and health and science from September 2021.
Judith Quinn, interim deputy principal for curriculum at Sunderland College, said: “We are delighted to have been selected as a key provider to launch the second wave of T Levels, which will bring significant benefits to our students and employer partners.
“We are very much looking forward to playing a key role in transforming technical education across the country and supporting our students in gaining the essential skills and knowledge required by industry.”
Launching in September 2020, the new T Levels will be equivalent to 3 A Levels. They will combine classroom theory with practical learning and a substantial industry placement to ensure students gain real workplace experience whilst they study.
The courses have been developed in partnership with employers to ensure the content of the curriculum meets the needs of industry and adequately prepares students for work.
The Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds, said: “Everyone agrees that a radical shake-up of technical and vocational education in this country is long overdue. T Levels are our chance to do that – offering young people high-quality alternatives to our world-class A Levels from September 2020.
“The second wave of post-16 providers we have announced today demonstrates our commitment to making this happen. They will play an important role ensuring more young people across the country can access these courses and help develop the skilled workforce the country needs for the future.”