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Help shape T Levels Training for craft workers and designers


  • Take part in a consultation to help shape new craft and design T Levels for 16 to 19 year olds
  • Learners can become an expert in making fashion, textiles, jewellery, ceramics and furniture

An exciting new T Level will train young people to create fashion, textiles, jewellery, ceramics and furniture.

T Levels are two-year classroom-based technical study programmes for England, which also involve a substantial placement working with relevant employers. They are being rolled out across the economy and alongside apprenticeships and A levels, T Levels will be one of the three major options available to students aged 16 – 19.

Four specialist occupations are available to students as part of this T Level: textiles and fashion, jewellery maker, ceramics maker and furniture maker.

The consultation is seeking the views of everyone involved with the craft and design sector on the planned content for this exciting new qualification.

UKFT’s Director of Skills and Training John West is part of the board that is developing the course content. He said: “This is a great opportunity to shape the future of our industry and support the next generation of fashion and textile workers. We need as many people as possible from our sector to take part in the consultation.”

The craft and design T Level is part of the wave 4 cohort of T Levels, set to be launched in colleges and schools from September 2023.

The consultation is focused on the draft outline content for the T Level designed by the panel of industry experts.

It will close at midnight on Friday 15 January and the feedback received will help the Institute determine where more work needs to be done to meet the skills need of the sector. The final content for this T Level pathway will be published in March 2021.



Alongside craft and design, other T Levels will be launched in 2023, they include: agriculture, catering, hair and beauty, and media, broadcast and production.

T levels are being rolled out from 2020 to 2023 across 11 different sectors, which include sectors such as digital, construction, engineering & manufacturing and business & administration.

The first three T Levels (in Education and Childcare, Construction and Digital) have been taught to students since September.

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