The Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, Gillian Keegan, virtually visited Notre Dame on Thursday 12th October to see how the College has prepared for the introduction of T-level qualifications.
T Levels are technical qualifications equivalent to three A Levels and bring classroom learning and an extended industry placement together on a course designed with businesses and employers. It is Ideal for school leavers who have finished their GCSEs and will spend 80% of their time in the classroom and 20% on a 315-hour industry placement.
During the Teams visit, the Minister was able to meet Digital T-Level students, and staff who have been delivering the course since September. Head of Digital, Steve Johnston, presented the Minister with an overview of what the students have learned so far and how well the course is progressing. Our students were then questioned by the Minister on what attracted them to study the course and what their future aspirations are after college. The Minister was also able to view our Digital T-Level learning suite complete with state-of-the-art equipment.
Employer partners Joel Hayes of Rejuvenate Digital and Matthew Hall of Sycous also attended the virtual visit and explained to Minister Keegan how their business could be supported by Notre Dame students through a T-Level industry placement and expressed their overall views of the T-Level qualification.
Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, Gillian Keegan, said:
“It was fantastic to speak to the students and staff at Notre Dame Sixth Form College – one of the pioneering providers of T Levels. It was great to hear from the students themselves on what attracted them to study the Digital T Level and their aspirations for where the course will take them, as a software developer, games designer or in cyber security. I look forward to hearing how they progress over the next few years.”
Justine Barlow, Principal of Notre Dame, added:
“It was a privilege to virtually welcome Minster Keegan and demonstrate Notre Dame’s commitment to our T-Level students in equipping them for skilled employment and help with the local and national digital skills gap. Leeds is described as the ‘Digital Nexus of the North’ and Notre Dame is well positioned with its extensive employer links to support the future digital workforce”
Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College were one of the first providers to offer the Digital T-Level qualification and will begin offering the Health T-Level from September 2021 and the Business and Marketing T-Level and Finance T-Level from September 2022 and 2023.