Department for Education written question – answered on 23rd April 2018.

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Photo of Gordon Marsden Gordon Marsden Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions (a) he and (b) the Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills have had with businesses to understand the level of demand for T Levels from employers.

Photo of Sam Gyimah Sam Gyimah Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Higher Education), Minister of State (Education)

The government believes that employers are best placed to advise on the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to succeed in their industries. That is why T levels are being designed by panels of employers and industry experts to ensure that students come away with the skills that businesses are looking for. We also held a Skills Summit in November last year where over 100 employers signed a Statement of Action to commit to providing opportunities for young people to develop their skills.

In particular, we are talking to employers about how we can best support them to deliver work placements as part of T levels. For example, we have commissioned a research project interviewing employers about their capacity and demand to offer T level work placements. We have also engaged with over 1000 employers through the work placement pilots, who are now offering work placements to students in the 17/18 academic year. A large proportion of responses to the recent consultation on T level implementation were from employer representative organisations – and we will publish the government response to this in due course.

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