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Linking London T levels Event

With the first T levels being introduced in September 2020, this event focused on what we know so far about the qualification and both the opportunities and challenges ahead in terms of their implementation.

After a warm welcome from Andrew Jones, Deputy Director at Linking London, delegates heard first from Lisa Parkhomchuk, Associate Principal (Vocational Education), NewVIc College, who provided a detailed overview of T level developments, including the key messages from the government’s recent T level consultation response. Lisa also updated the group on preparation for delivery to date, including the industry placements, funding and concluded with next steps.

Attendees then had an opportunity to find out more about the T level industry placements and the pilots currently underway. Sam Dilliway, Project Lead, The Challenge, provided an overview of the pilot objectives, lessons learned to date, including success stories, planning ahead and guidance resources available via the AoC website. Steve Lee, Head of Skills and Apprenticeships, Havering College of Further and Higher Education, then provided a partner perspective on engagement with the industry placements. Steve provided an overview of how the placements were organised and delivered, how to effectively embed work experience, as well as challenges faced and solutions and actions taken.

After a short networking break, the group heard from Catherine Sezen, Senior Policy Manager, Further Education, Association of Colleges, followed by Suzanne Hall, Head of Sector Development, Technical and Professional, Pearson, on their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities the T level qualification presents.

The last item on the agenda gave attendees an opportunity to comment and pose questions as part of a panel Q+A session, composed of Lisa, Sam, Steve and Suzanne. Questions and comments included:

  • Who are T levels for?
  • Are T levels taking us backwards?
  • Have the lessons been learned from what happened to GNVQs and T levels?
  • Why can’t the apprenticeship levy be used in part to incentivise employers to offer work placements?
  • The occupational maps produced aren’t fit for purpose.
  • Why aren’t universities more engaged in T level developments?
  • Why can’t we have an employer kite mark “Investors in Young People?”

To view the presentations from the day please click here. This link will take you to the Partners' Area of the Linking London website. You must be a Linking London member to access this section of the website and you will need your login name and password. If you do not know your username and password, please email


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