Spring Budget: T-levels “could be the answer” to productivity challenge

Spring Budget: T-levels “could be the answer” to productivity challenge

To ensure technical education has a parity of esteem with the more academic route, the newly proposed T-levels must match existing A-Levels.

This is according to the Federation of Master Builders, who in a response to yesterday’s (08/03/17) Spring Budget, highlighted the need to change the current approach to technical education.

Chief Executive of the FMB, Brian Berry, stated: “The Chancellor clearly understands that the UK won’t address the productivity challenge unless we rethink our approach to technical and vocational education. T-Levels could be the answer if they genuinely rival A-Levels in the eyes of parents, teachers and young people. UK society as a whole has been guilty of putting too much emphasis on the academic route – this has made it more difficult for vital sectors like construction and house building to attract the talented people we need. In construction, we are suffering from a severe skills shortage and this is likely to worsen once we leave the EU and no longer have easy access to European labour. This £500 million funding announced today for T-Levels is, therefore, a welcome and much-needed boost.”

He went on to state: “Today’s Budget was an all-round strong performance from the Chancellor and he had good news to report right across the piece. However, increasing tax on the self-employed is not helpful. If we want to establish a resilient, Brexit-proof economy, we must encourage and support our current and future entrepreneurs in the construction industry and beyond. A jump in National Insurance Contributions from 1% to 10% next year could send the wrong message to those individuals who are considering going it alone. The self-employed are the backbone of our economy and the Government should tread carefully here.”

As an alternative to A-Levels, T-Levels are to be introduced from 2019-20 for 16-19-year-olds in technical education. In line with the recommendations from Lord Sainsbury’s independent panel, the Government will increase the number of programme training hours for those taking a technical route. On average this will equate to 900 hours per year, including the completion of a work placement within the industry.

 

Georgia Owen

Georgia is the Content Executive and will be your primary contact when submitting your latest news. While studying for an LLB at the University of Liverpool, Georgia gained experience working within retail, as well as social media management. She later went on to work for a local newspaper, before starting at Today’s Conveyancer.

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