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Next steps for T Levels

Morning, Tuesday, 30th November 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will consider priorities for the rollout of the second wave of T Levels, the lessons learned from rolling out the first wave, as well as wider priorities for improving the provision and outlook post-pandemic.

The discussion is taking place in the context of wider policy developments, with delegates considering the impact of the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill and broader priorities for post-16 qualifications, as well as the recent support offered to employers and providers of the qualification for the delivery of T Level industry placements, such as the T Level Employer Incentive Scheme, and the T Level Employer Support Package.

The conference will also be an opportunity to look at the role of T Levels in the wake of COVID-19, and how they can be harnessed to fill the skills gap and support economic recovery following the pandemic.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from Stella Pearson, Deputy Director for T Level Delivery, DfE; and Carmel Grant, Deputy Director, Technical Education Implementation, Institute for Apprenticeships.

The agenda will bring out latest thinking on:

  • the second wave of T Levels - experience so far and continuing with implementation
  • improving the provision of T Levels - raising standards and improving co-operation with employers, lessons learned from the first wave and sharing best practice, and adjustments for delivery in the post-pandemic landscape
  • situating T Levels in the FE and vocational landscape - raising awareness amongst employers and students, student satisfaction and the Transition Programme, the future for level 3 qualifications, and progression to further study
  • harnessing T Levels for levelling up regions and post-pandemic recovery - supporting employers with take-up, the impact so far on meeting skills needs and dovetailing with the Skills for Jobs Bill
  • key policy priorities for T Levels moving forward


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from the Department for Education; the Cabinet Office; the Department for International Trade; and the Department for the Economy, NI. Also due to attend are representatives from Acland Burghley School, London; City & Guilds; Gatsby Charitable Foundation; Manchester Metropolitan University; and Network Rail Infrastructure.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as from schools, colleges, multi-academy trusts, universities, academics, local authorities, think tanks, qualification and training providers, sector skills councils, employers, education suppliers, awarding bodies, exam boards, learned societies, advocacy groups, law firms, education consultancies, publishers, charities, teaching unions, parents groups, SEND groups, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speaker

Stella Pearson

Deputy Director for T Level Delivery, DfE

Keynote Speakers

Stella Pearson

Deputy Director for T Level Delivery, DfE

Carmel Grant

Deputy Director, Technical Education Implementation, Institute for Apprenticeships


Toby Perkins MP

Shadow Minister for Further Education and Skills


Zac Aldridge

Director of Qualifications and Assessment, NCFE

Chris Young

Education & Skills Delivery Manager, HPC Employment Affairs Unit, EDF Energy

Adam Bird

T Level Lead and Marketing, Admissions and AIG Manager, Priestly College

Cheryl Eade

Head of Service Industries, Scarborough TEC

Anne-Marie Francis

Vice Principal of Curriculum and Quality, Loughborough College

Dale Powell

Assistant Social Value Manager, Engie

Chinara Rustamova

Policy Lead, Apprenticeships, Federation of Small Businesses

Patrick Craven

Executive Director, Policy and Stakeholder Partnerships, City & Guilds

Lucy Wiltshire

Sector Lead - Commercial and PB3, Willmott Dixon

Catherine Sezen

Senior Policy Manager- FE, Association of Colleges

Paul Kessell-Holland

Head of Curriculum Design Projects, The Education and Training Foundation

Zoe Lewis

Principal and Chief Executive, Middlesbrough College