“A revolution in technical education,” is how the government has described the introduction of its new T-levels. They’re designed to be the equivalent of three A-levels for youngsters keen to embark on a technical rather than an academic path, and they have, in theory, been developed alongside employers.
Why then is the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), members of which regularly complain about the difficulty they have when it comes to getting their hands on appropriately skilled employees, getting twitchy about them? Well, for a start, the results of a survey of 1,100 businesses reveal three-quarters either hadn’t heard of them, or recognised them by name only.
The promised “revolution” is going to fizzle out faster than a fuse on a rainy day if employers, when confronted with a candidate brandishing a top-class T-level, say great, but what on earth does that mean? What are these T-level things anyway?
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