T Panel for the future
Mike Harvey, HETAS Training & Technical Manager, has been appointed on to the Building Services T-Level Panel; one of the first three new T-Levels announced recently by the Education Secretary, Justine Greening.
T level panel’s role is to co-create technical education programmes with the Department for Education. Each panel will bring together the expertise of industry professionals and employers to provide the outline ‘core’ content of the knowledge, skills and behaviours and ‘specialist’ content, in sufficient detail, for awarding organisations to develop the full qualification content.
First announced in 2016 and backed by £500 million every year in additional funding, the qualifications are seen as a key milestone in transforming technical education in the UK and they extend the offer for young people to study a technical qualification at Level 3 – equivalent to A-Levels.
T level qualifications will provide students with the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to get skilled jobs. It is intended that all T level programmes will also include a substantial, high quality work placement so that students can apply their learning in a real workplace environment. The first of the new technical qualifications will be taught from 2020, with the full set of T-Levels introduced by 2022.
Training and ongoing development are key priorities for HETAS. The current suite of HETAS training courses meet and exceed the Minimum Technical Competence standards for our industry. In order to be registered with a competent person scheme, installers need to demonstrate that they meet the relevant minimum technical competence requirements. HETAS is keen to see these Minimum Technical Competence standards raised and will continue to work on behalf of our registrants to raise standards in training and professional competence.
To find out more about the range of HETAS training courses please click here.