T-levels remain virtually unknown to the general public, according to a new poll.
Only 18% are aware of the post-16 qualification, says the Survey by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).. Awareness levels in courses are barely higher in the age group closest to enrolling, with 29% of 18-24 year olds claiming to have heard of them.
Just over a third (39%) in the group with the highest recognition rate – parents aged 16 to 18 – said they had heard of the qualification.
The technical levels – or T-levels – were launched in 2020 with the aim of offering 16-19 year olds in England a mix of classroom learning and work experience in an industry internship.
As the number of available T-levels continues to grow – an engineering and manufacturing course will be available to students from September – the new survey is another sign that the topography of the post-16 education landscape is quite different from what was only predicted for. recent by the government.
It was less than a year ago that the then Secretary of Education, Gavin Williamson, argued that T-levels would be next to A-levels as the main progression options after GCSEs. The Btecs were to be effectively eliminatedwith Williamson insisting that “there can be no room in our education system for second degree qualifications”.
Now, the T level is still largely unrecognized, while the Department of Education announced last month that only a relative handful of Btecs will be dropped.
“The survey shows that there is still a lot of work to be done to raise awareness of T-levels,” said Professor Helen James, chair of IMechE’s Education and Skills Strategy Board.
“We need to increase understanding between young people and their parents, as well as between companies that could potentially offer internships for T levels.”
Lack of knowledge of qualifications was not the only area where young people were found lacking awareness of potential pathways to follow. Nearly two-thirds (64%) of the 2,000 people interviewed by ICM Unlimited said that young people between the ages of 16 and 19 do not know enough of the skills they will need for their careers.
“We know that many teachers don’t feel well equipped to give career advice, particularly for STEM subjects,” said Lydia Amarquaye, IMechE’s education policy advisor.
“The government needs to invest in teachers’ career and continuing professional development centers to ensure school dropouts are provided with the right information so they can make the right choices.”
Less than one in five people have heard of T levels
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