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Spotlight on T Levels awareness during the 10th annual Tomorrow’s Engineers Week

Meryl Cotton, T Level Manager at Newcastle and Stafford College Group, spoke to EngineeringUK last week to raise much needed awareness on exciting new T Level opportunities during Tomorrow’s Engineers Week which ran from November 7 - 11.

T Levels have the potential to deliver the much-needed skilled engineering workforce in the UK, however, a new report published this week by EngineeringUK highlights that awareness among young people and employers is surprisingly low.

The report, titled ‘Anyone for T? Awareness of T Levels in England’, found just 37% of young people aged 11-18 had heard of T Levels.

Awareness levels in parents were also found to be low with just 27% of parents’ surveyed saying they had heard of T Levels and only 18% claiming to know a lot or have a fair amount of awareness surrounding T Levels.

Despite being a relatively new qualification, T Levels, equivalent to three A Levels, have the ability to provide young people with exciting opportunities within the engineering industry and can help tackle the skilled engineering workforce shortage.

Meryl Cotton, T Level Manager at NSCG

Meryl Cotton, T Level Manager at Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group, said: “T Levels offer a great new option for students who enjoy classroom learning but also want to gain vital industry experience.

“Our students out on industry placement this week are with small and large local employers who are investing in the future talent their sector needs.”

Level 3 T level Engineering student at Newcastle College, Jasmine Espley, is this week doing her first industry placement at AEON Engineering, she said: “I’m fascinated by the fact engineering is all around us and am really enjoying the T Level I started this term.

“The industry placement means I’ll have a lot of work experience by the end of the course and I get to learn about aerospace engineering by working in a cool, modern lab.”

NSCG works with hundreds of local employers and currently offers T Level qualifications in the business, construction, catering and hospitality, creative and design, digital, education, hair and beauty, health and science industries. There are also a number of exciting engineering T Level qualifications that can be studied in our new £30M Skills and Technology Centre from 2023.

Could your business offer a T-Level placement to one of our enthusiastic and passionate learners? Interested in getting involved? Email industryplacements@nscg.ac.uk for more information.

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