Today, the Association for Colleges’ has called for the base per-pupil funding rate for T Levels to be raised from £4,000 to £5,000 per pupil in order to help the T levels be successful.
We are supporting the launch of our new T levels in several ways. We have launched the industry placement Capacity and Delivery fund – nearly £60 million has already been allocated to institutions to help them develop their capacity to deliver placements to every T Level student.
We also recently launched a £38 million fund to help build new classrooms, refurbish buildings and upgrade equipment readiness for the first T Level providers.
There is also a further £20 million being invested over two years to March 2020 to support teaching and delivery.
In November we launched a T Level funding consultation for colleges, schools and providers to have their say on T Level funding and will be looking at this carefully in the run-up to the next Spending Review.
As the Association of Colleges rightly recognise, T Levels will be a major upgrade in technical education. We are working closely with colleges, providers and business to get the delivery of this key reform right. T Levels will be backed by an additional half a billion pounds every year once they are all fully rolled out.
To prepare for the introduction of T Levels we are investing £20 million to support teachers and leaders as well as the £38 million T Level Capital Fund to make sure first providers of T Levels have the latest, high quality equipment and state-of the art facilities.
However, we do recognise the pressures in the further education sector and we welcome their support in raising this important issue. We are looking carefully at this in the run-up to the next Spending Review.
Anne Milton, Minister for Skills and Apprenticeships
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