The introduction of T-levels gives 16 -19 year olds a new path into construction and helps companies bridge the skills gap.
The shortage of housing stock in the UK means it’s easy to see why the Government recently outlined the need for around one million new homes by 2020. This provides a huge opportunity for the industry as there is a mismatch between what is available and what people want to live in. To meet this ongoing challenge it’s essential we have a workforce that are trained and ready to roof! That’s where T-levels come in. These new technical qualifications will give young people a new technical route into the construction industry and could help you expand your team.
WHAT ARE T-LEVELS?
The plan is to create a vocational classroom-based route that is a technical alternative to A-levels, with the name ‘T-Levels’ referring to the government’s planned overhaul of technical education. Under the proposals construction is just one of 15 key sectors where you need substantial technical training to get a job and in which new pathways will be developed between now and 2022. The aim is to make it easier for students to choose which technical qualifications are best for them, and for employers to understand what skills new recruits have.
WHAT EXACTLY WILL A YOUNG PERSON LEARN IN A T-LEVEL?
Within the qualification, students will be taught core subjects such as maths, English and digital skills as well as the specialised skills necessary for a career in their chosen field. The technical route will consist of both college based and employer based training, which is closer to the more successful technical education systems in Europe.
The T-level course will last two years. In the first year, students learn core construction skills, including construction standards, engineering principles and sustainability methods, as well as more specific skills including health and safety, compliance and project management. In their second year, students specialise in their specific chosen field with a stronger focus on practical work. The second year also includes a three-month work placement with a firm, covering a student’s chosen discipline.
WHEN WILL CONTRACTORS BENEFIT?
The first three of the 15 T-levels will come into effect at the beginning of the academic year 2018/19, with the government setting aside £60m to fund them. It means that now more than ever it’s a great time if you’re a contractor looking for more work and want more people to join your team.
The introduction of T-levels could have an incredibly positive effect on the construction industry as they will help supply a higher volume of trained workers for years to come. If you’re a contractor looking for new talent, the next generation is where to look.