Eleven T Level providers are set to benefit from a share of an £8.65m investment to help build new classrooms and refurbish buildings in readiness for the introduction of the new technical qualifications in September 2020, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton announced today.
The funding has been awarded from the £38m T Level Capital Fund which is designed to make sure young people taking the new technical courses have access to industry standard equipment and high-quality facilities so they gain the skills and knowledge employers demand.
Today marks the first wave of providers to be awarded funding from the Capital Fund, with further funding expected to be awarded to more T Level providers later this year.
The 11 providers announced today include The Blackpool and Fylde College that will receive £400,000 to invest in state of the art facilities so students learn the skills they need to progress in the construction industry, and Barnsley College in South Yorkshire that will receive £2.2m to build a new Digital Innovation Hub so young people gain the digital skills needed for the jobs of the future. Providers submitted proposals based on their specific needs and all received the funding they applied for in full.
Apprenticeships and Skills Minster, Anne Milton said: “T Levels will be the biggest change to technical education in a generation – helping young people fast-track their career and get a head start in the world of work.
“I’m thrilled to announce the first batch of T Level providers who will benefit from the T Level Capital Fund, so young people will have access to high-quality facilities come September 2020 when the first T Level courses will be taught. I look forward to announcing further allocations of funding soon.”
The first three T Levels for Digital, Education and Construction will be taught from September 2020. A further seven will to be taught from 2021, including three in health and science, with a further 15 coming on stream from 2022 onwards in sectors such as legal, financial and accounting, engineering and manufacturing, and creative & design. To support the further education sector to deliver the new T Level courses, the Government will provide an additional half a billion pounds every year once they are all fully rolled out.