The government has announced £50 million in investment into colleges, schools and sixth forms delivering T levels across England from 2022. The money will be used to improve and expand teaching spaces and facilities, the Department for Education has said, adding the funding would ensure students have world-class facilities when studying for T levels.
A total of 65 building projects will receive a share of the funding, and will allow for the refurbishment of buildings and facilities, including upgrading classrooms and creating specialist spaces such as teaching wards, and building or improving laboratories for health and science students.
The first T levels, in three subjects, were rolled out last year, with further subjects to follow this September. The new qualification, equivalent to three A levels, combines classroom study with industry placements.
Today’s announcement builds on the £133 million made available to support providers delivering T levels in 2020 and 2021. Further funding is expected to be awarded later in the year.
Apprenticeships and skills minister Gillian Keegan said: “T levels are a game-changer for young people, providing a high-quality technical equivalent to A levels that have been designed hand-in-hand with leading employers so students and businesses can be sure they will get the skills they need to thrive in a high tech economy.
“This multi-million-pound investment will mean even more students will benefit from world-class facilities, giving them access to brilliant new buildings that will help them get ready for the world of work.
David Hughes, chief executive of the Association of Colleges said: “T levels will be available in more than 100 colleges and schools from this September and are a high-quality option for young people looking to build a career. I welcome the fact that the government is continuing to invest in up-to-date buildings and facilities for these courses and students.”