New £135m T Level fund launched to upgrade classrooms and buildings

A multi-million-pound government fund has been launched today [13 January] to ensure young people studying new T Level qualifications from 2022 have access to world class facilities and cutting-edge equipment.

The new technical qualifications are equivalent to three A Levels and combine classroom study with industry placements, so that students gain the skills and experience they need to progress into work, further study, or an apprenticeship.

T Level courses have been co-created with over 250 employers to generate the skilled workforce that businesses need for the future.

The first three T Levels were introduced in September 2020 and included Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction. A further seven will be available from 2021 in subjects including On-site Construction.

From today [13 January], T Level providers can bid for a share of the £135 million T Level Capital Fund, to upgrade classrooms and buildings in readiness for students starting courses in September 2022. Part of this funding will also be made available to pay for specialist kit such as surveying equipment.

The government has also unveiled the first 56 projects for post-16 providers delivering T Levels from September 2021 totalling £48.5 million of the £95 million announced at the 2020 Budget. Successful projects include a new civil engineering centre at the Lakes College in Cumbria to support construction T Levels.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “The successful launch of T Levels earlier this year represents the start of a transformation in our technical education system – giving young people the vital skills they need to get ahead and giving employers the talented workforce, they need to thrive as we build back better from the pandemic.

“To deliver world class qualifications, providers need to have world class facilities and cutting-edge equipment, and this funding will help to make sure students have the skills and knowledge to succeed when they finish their T Levels.”