The CBI has responded to the government’s consultation on the delivery of the new T-level programme – an alternative to A-levels.
On behalf of business, the CBI has long called for the creation of a high-quality technical route that is of equal value and esteem as the academic A-level, and fully supports these reforms as an opportunity to deliver this transformative change. Businesses are deeply committed to working in partnership with the DfE, and the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, to design and deliver a technical education system that fills skills gaps, tackles shortages and drives better prospects for individuals from all backgrounds.
Key messages from the response:
- Getting our skills system right is vital to securing future growth and improving social mobility; this is why business is committed to a world class technical education system
- The drive to implement T-levels is positive, but the government must not underestimate the scale and complexity of these reforms
- The timescales for implementation are challenging for providers; a slower rollout of T-level routes is the right goal
- Getting the delivery of T-levels right requires genuine employer engagement and co-design
- Ensure the qualifications and the curriculum support relevant and transferable skills
- T-levels must be coherent with the education and skills systems to ensure the right outcomes for learners, businesses and the economy.