Overview

27 Apr, 20229:00 am-3:30 pm
Online

About

Following the publication of the Skills for Jobs White Paper, which outlined the government’s intention to improve the provision of technical education it was announced in the 2021 Spending Review that a further £1.6bn had been budgeted to continue T Levels national rollout. With 24 courses planned to be available from 2023, and T Levels becoming available to all 16-19 education providers by 2024, it is evident that the rollout is rapidly accelerating. However, as with any new provision there have been obstacles during rollout, including some providers being unable to meet the demand for placements in areas such as health. Roughly 260,000 people now take BTECs, according to industry estimates, however, T-levels were taken by only 1,300 pupils in 2020/1, their second year of implementation. As such, leaders in further education are concerned that T Levels may present a skills gap and increase inequality by reducing the range of accessible post-16 options.

The Future of T Levels and Technical Education Forum will bring together current and future providers of T Levels to discuss what the future holds for technical education. Key speakers including the NCFE, Institute for Apprenticeships, and Technical Education and Education and Training Foundation will be joined by the pioneering further education institutions at the heart of technical education provision. Delegates will have access to key discussions centred on the T Level roll out to date, and what the future of T Levels will be.

Join us to explore the best way to deliver T Levels across further education, drawing from best practice case studies, as well as receive guidance on how to best to support students, develop strong relationships with placement providers and ensure strong student engagement.

Online Experience

  • AI Match Making Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups
  • Replay Functions so you Never Miss a Session
  • Live Chat, Questioning and Polling Tools
  • Real Time Resources and Presentations
  • Topic Based Discussion Groups
  • Next Generation Conference Engagement Platform

Key Speakers

Carmel Grant photo
Carmel Grant
Deputy Director for Technical Education Implementation
Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE)
Zac Aldridge photo
Zac Aldridge
Operations Director for Technical Education
NCFE
Cerian Ayres photo
Cerian Ayres
National Head of Technical Education
Education and Training Foundation (ETF)
Catherine Sezen photo
Catherine Sezen
Senior Policy Manager, FE
Association of Colleges

Agenda

9:00 am
Your Tour of the Online Platform

Before proceedings get underway, this short explainer session will explore how you can get the most out of our new next generation Conference platform.

Our IG Team will run through how to make virtual connections, creating networking meet ups, accessing content on demand and how to use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:30 am
Chair’s Welcome Address
Christian Wakeford MP
Christian Wakeford MP
Chair
All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on T Levels
Confirmed
9:40 am
Department for Education Update: Outlining the Future of T-Levels and the Continued Roll-Out Plans

This session will provide delegates with the latest DfE T-Level policy updates and will:

  •  Offer updates on the latest Government funding and policy announcements ahead of preparations for the September 2022 roll-out
  • Review the success of the second wave roll out of T Level programmes from September 2021, drawing upon key areas of improvement and best practice
  • Offer guidance on how T Levels will be assessed and provide further detail on the relationship between providers and awarding bodies
  • Explore the central role of T Levels in the Levelling-Up Agenda and how DfE will support providers in increasing the appeal of T Levels
  • Share insights on how to most effectively develop a long-term strategy to support the continued provision of T Levels, offering longer term guidance to providers in preparation for the national roll-out in 2024

This session will include time for delegate questions and answers.

Sarah Knights
Sarah Knights
Head of T Level Development
Department for Education
Invited
10:20 am
Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education Update: Exploring the Main Priorities for T Levels in 2022

This session will:

  •  Explore the key priorities for IfATE with regards to T Levels ahead of the third wave of rollout in September 2022
  • Examine how providers can best adopt an agile approach to T Level delivery to support and encourage wider participation in technical education opportunities
  • Consider T Levels in the context of the levelling-up agenda, addressing the vital role of building a strong skills workforce in achieving post-Covid recovery
  • Reflect on the lessons learnt throughout the roll out thus far and examine how the Institute will support the continued T Level implementation

This session will include time for delegate questions and answers.

Carmel Grant
Carmel Grant
Deputy Director for Technical Education Implementation
Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE)
Confirmed
11:00 am
Morning Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections, tour our real-time resources, and content and take part on discussions via the tailored channels.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

11:20 am
Panel Discussion: Making Skills-Focused Education Accessible and Equitable

In this panel discussion our panellists will come together to:

  • Discuss how to prevent T Level roll-out creating ‘cold spots’ in training and increased skills inequality as vocational alternatives such as BTECs are gradually defunded
  • Reflect upon key challenges facing accessibility of further education opportunities, such as geography and socio-economic barriers, and how providers can best work to overcome these
  • Explore what ‘high-quality’ technical provision looks like and what a strategy to engage students that would have previously taken vocational alternatives should look like
  • Critically analyse the role of students in the design and delivery of T Level programmes

Delegate questions and answers are encouraged throughout this session.

Zac Aldridge
Zac Aldridge
Operations Director for Technical Education
NCFE
Confirmed
Catherine Sezen
Catherine Sezen
Senior Policy Manager, FE
Association of Colleges
Confirmed
Julia von Klonowski
Julia von Klonowski
Digital Director
Career Colleges and T Level & Apprenticeship Ambassador
Invited
12:20 pm
Lunch Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections, tour our real-time resources, and content and take part on discussions via the tailored channels.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

1:00 pm
Case Study: Committing to Industry-Focused Courses and Pioneering T-Level Education

The first, and only, college in South Yorkshire to offer T Levels following their launch, Barnsley College have had a hugely successful first year achieving a 100% completion rate in their Digital and Education and Childcare groups. Having expanded their offering for 2021/22, Neil Johnson, the Assistant Principal of Class Based Learning will:

  • Offer insights into the collaborative approach the college adopted with students, staff, and employers to develop the T Level programme in order to effectively nurture and retain young talent
  • Reflect upon some of the challenges that the college has faced when rolling out their T Level programme
  • Share the college’s approach to programme design and how they tailored their T Level programme to match community and local employer’s needs to strengthen students’ employment pathway
  • Explore what the future looks like for Barnsley College and the continuing integration of technical education

This session will include time for delegate questions and answers.

Neil Johnson
Neil Johnson
Assistant Principal of Class Based Learning
Barnsley College
Confirmed
1:40 pm
Provider Panel Discussion: Sharing Key Insights into Building Effective Employer Relationships

Our panel, comprising of T Level provider organisations, will come together to discuss:

  • How to best maintain relationships with participating placement employers
  • The role of collaborative working with employers on the design and delivery of T Levels
  • The role of a whole-college approach in producing high-quality training plans that place positive learning experiences at the heart
  • The best ways to engage employers with T Level placements and how to best support them support students

Delegate questions and answers are encouraged throughout this session.

Julia Bates
Julia Bates
Vice Principal, FE, Curriculum and Quality
City College Norwich
Invited
Martin Hoskin
Martin Hoskin
Head of Teaching, Learning and Quality
Havant and South Downs College (HSDC)
Invited
Helen Richardson
Helen Richardson
Learning, Innovation Manager
Gateshead College
Invited
2:40 pm
Workshop: Supporting the Professional Development of T Level Delivery Staff

In this interactive workshop session delegates will join Cerian Ayres, National Head of Technical Education, ETF to:

  • Discuss the important role good CPD plays in the ability of staff to deliver T Levels and support positive student experience expertly and confidently
  • Explore key elements required to successfully roll out T Levels, such as whole organisational knowledge of T Level delivery and assessment, beneficial T Level teaching practices and how to raise stakeholder engagement
  • Develop an understanding of what your strategic model for delivery could look like, considering external factors impacting success and how to overcome these
  • Share solutions and strategies with fellow attendees, offering examples of best practice to contribute to the wider success of T Level implementation
  • Analyse modelling strategies aimed at driving positive change and high-quality T Level provision
Cerian Ayres
Cerian Ayres
National Head of Technical Education
Education and Training Foundation (ETF)
Confirmed
3:30 pm
Chair’s Close

*Programme subject to change

Christian Wakeford MP
Christian Wakeford MP
Chair
All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on T Levels
Confirmed

Audience

This Forum is specifically designed for Technical and Further Education Colleges, job titles may include:

  • Principals
  • Assistant & Vice Principals
  • Directors of Curriculum
  • Standards Leads
  • Heads of Employment and Skills
  • Heads of Work-Based Learning
  • Qualifications Managers
  • Further Education Lecturers
  • Learning Mentors
  • Progress Coaches
  • Heads of Learning
  • Heads of Quality
This Forum is also open to Schools and Higher Education to encourage debate.