The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has been awarded a major new four-year contract by the Department for Education to deliver T Level Professional Development from April 2020.
Since last year, the ETF has been using DfE grant funding to support post-16 education providers to prepare for the first T Levels which start from September 2020. This significantly expanded support programme will now be delivered through a four-year contract and will also be available for those delivering future T Level tranches.
This development will lead to an increase in the breadth and depth of the ETF’s support for the sector, building upon the expertise and experience it already has in providing workforce development. The ETF will work with leading experts and partners to deliver the innovative contract design, including the creation of new Centres for Professional Technical Education (CPTE). These will be demand-led, based on the highest levels of industry skill shortages within a T Level subject area, in collaboration with provider partners who have the requisite facilities, equipment, experience, and industry links.
David Russell, Chief Executive of the Education and Training Foundation, said: “The advent of the first T Levels in September is a major milestone heralding the Government’s intention to invest in the prestige and quality of technical education. It is crucial that professionals teaching the new qualifications are excellently equipped to do so from the very first day learners walk through the doors.
“As England’s expert body for professional development in post-16 education, the ETF is delighted to have secured this very significant contract. We are excited about working with teachers, trainers and leaders to meet their T Level professional development needs over the coming years. The partnership approach that we have previously taken on T Levels will continue, and we look forward to delivering this support in the wider context of investment in the professional development of those delivering Further and Technical Education and Training in England.”
David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, said: “I am delighted that the Department for Education has extended the T Level Professional Development offer. It will provide invaluable support to teaching staff and managers as they adapt their skills and knowledge to delivering T Levels from September 2020.
“Workforce support, development and networking/collaboration are key to the success of T Levels. AoC is pleased to be working with the ETF to ensure the sector receives the support it needs.”
John Laramy, Principal and Chief Executive of Exeter College, said: “At Exeter College, we are absolutely delighted to work with the ETF, providers and individuals to support the development of professional practice for technical education. As the Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning (CAVTL) noted, outstanding, dual qualified staff (both teachers and industry professionals) are critical to the successful delivery of exceptional technical education. We hope that this programme can help colleagues from across the sector to embrace the new opportunities that T Levels will bring.
“The success of T Levels is fundamentally linked to the quality of staff who teach, assess and lead the provision; so, it is fantastic that the DfE have provided continuing investment in professional development. As a College, we are passionate about T Levels and technical education, so we are very pleased to be able to support the revolution of technical education in England.”
Further information about the extended offer and when providers can access the next phase of T Level Professional Development offer available from 1 April 2020, can be found on the Education and Training Foundation website.