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Skills Minister’s update on T Levels – Cogent Skills

Skills Minister’s update on T Levels

By Gillian Keegan on 11 May 2020. Posted on AoC

In these unprecedented times, we are all being challenged and are having to adapt to ever-changing circumstances. I’ve been heartened to see some of the amazing things Further Education colleges have been doing to support their students, staff and local communities up and down the country.  From virtual lessons to manufacturing and donating equipment to hospitals, the resilience and community spirit I have seen has been truly inspiring.

AoC’s recent survey revealed that 95% of colleges reported that learners under 19 are continuing to learn. This is due to the commitment, hard work, leadership and innovation that the FE sector has shown.  Another great example of this commitment is continuing with the delivery of T Levels in 2020 as planned.  I was keen to understand the views of our wave one providers and I was able to speak to some of them myself to hear their perspective first-hand.  While some have rightly raised issues, most wanted to continue to deliver the first T Levels this year, and their enthusiasm to do so was great to hear.  I know how hard everybody involved has worked, both to help develop T Levels, and to get into a position to deliver them. We do not want that hard work to be wasted and neither do they.  I am also determined that learners will not lose out on opportunities due to Covid-19.  We owe it to young people to find ways to continue to deliver the courses that they have chosen and that will offer them great career opportunities in the future.

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