T Level Panel Recruitment

The Department of Education is planning for the next phase of T level panel recruitment. 
T levels will be a gold standard for technical and professional excellence, co-created and co-delivered by employers, providers and other partners to ensure the skills system responds to the changing labour market. The Department agreed in the Post 16 Skills Plan to accept all the recommendations made by the Independent Panel on Technical Education and have already begun work to deliver these exciting reforms as set out in the T level action plan.

The Department believes there is one way to get this right – through a genuine partnership between business, government and education professionals: one team for skills. It is here that they need your help.
T level panels are responsible for developing the outline content for new T levels and are made up of employers, professional bodies and providers. There are already T level panels in place across 6 routes: Digital; Education and Childcare; Construction; Health and Science; Legal, Financial and Accounting; and Engineering and Manufacturing. These panels are working hard to create outline content for those T levels to be delivered in 2020 and 2021.
At the end of March recruitment will open for the panels for the five remaining T level routes, which will be delivered from 2022: Agriculture, Environmental and Animal Care; Business and Administration; Hair and Beauty; Creative and Design; and Catering and Hospitality[1].
The Institute for Apprenticeship’s occupational maps[2] demonstrate those occupations they are looking for panel members to have experience of. For example:

Career Pathway   Technical Occupations skilled occupations that a college leaver or an apprentice
would be entering, that typically require qualifications at levels 2/3.
Agriculture, Land
Management and Production
Cluster: Agricultural Operative/Technician
Crop technician
Poultry technician
  Cluster: Caterer
Chef de partie
Senior chef production cooking
Hair, Beauty and
Cluster: Hair Specialist
Senior hair professional
Cluster: Beauty Specialist
Advanced beauty professional
Management and
Cluster: Administrator
Business administrator
Operational delivery officer
Media, Broadcast
And Production
Cluster: Media and Broadcast Assistant
Broadcast production assistant
Junior journalist

Each T level panel will sit at pathway level, the Department is looking for people with direct experience of occupations in those areas. They are keen to ensure they have a diverse balance of industry professionals, be that experienced practitioners, managers/trainers of practitioners, or members of professional bodies or trade associations, with a breadth of experience and knowledge, and covering a range of roles.

If you would like to discuss or require any further information, please contact employer.panels@education.gov.uk

This is an exciting opportunity to place employers at the heart of a new technical education system that will better meet the needs of the industry, and provide the skills our country needs.

[1] The technical occupations in hospitality have been identified as suitable for learning via apprenticeships only, so Government does not intend to launch T levels for these.
[2] Please note that the IfA consultation on the occupational maps closed on 8 February 2018. The occupational maps are live documents and will change based on consultation feedback, as proposals for new apprenticeship standards are approved and to reflect the outcomes of any reviews. As such, the exact scope of occupations within the maps are subject to change. T level panels will be built around the occupations as currently set out in the occupational maps.