T levels must be a fresh start, not a false dawn

Each generation has just one shot at transforming the technical education landscape, so it is vital that ministers listen to expert advice, argues Tom Bewick

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T levels have the potential to completely transform technical education in this country. Of course, we’ve been working on this issue for a very long time.

A favourite story of mine is about Sir Bernhard Samuelson, MP for Banbury, who headed up a Royal Commission on technical instruction in the 1880s. He was the son of a Swiss-German engineer, who was in turn a pioneer of the dual system of apprenticeship.

Germany was already an industrial powerhouse and policymakers in Britain were fretting about the quality of the workforce. We were not only falling behind economically: the quality of ...

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