T time for Blackpool students
Published on 10/10/2019 by nmoo
T Levels are being launched next year – and Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC) is one of just 16 UK colleges to offer all three.
T Levels are technical qualifications combining classroom study with an industrial placement lasting at least 45 days.
One T Level will be equivalent to three A Levels, with UCAS Tariff points allocated to the overall grade.
The three T Levels being launched across the country in September 2020 are focused on computing, construction and education – and B&FC is now registering student interest in all three.
Simon Hughes, B&FC’s Vice Principal of Quality and Curriculum, said T Levels would empower businesses with a new generation of highly-employable and skilled workers.
He explained: "We are pleased with recent developments which acknowledge technical education as pivotal to the success of the UK economy, and to be chosen as one of the first colleges to offer T-levels.”
"T Levels will provide employers with an upcoming workforce fast-trackable into leadership roles. This qualification is an exciting and demanding challenge for academically-talented students who want the many benefits of a technical and professional education.
The college has a wealth of experience working with businesses across Blackpool and beyond to deliver training addressing commercial challenges.
Mr Hughes added: “It’s through our close ties with industry that we recognised T Levels would be of huge importance to the local economy.”
B&FC students already gain specialist and up-to-date commercial experience through tutors who all spend time in industry to stay up-to-date with what businesses need.
Mr Hughes explained: “Students will gain invaluable experience at college and put those lessons into practice while on industrial placements that are part and parcel of T Levels.
"Placements are not only a great opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the 21st century workplace.
“Employers also get the opportunity to access a pool of otherwise hidden talent - in young people who by studying T Levels have already demonstrated their commitment to becoming future leaders.”