Speaking at the Conservative Party conference on Wednesday, the Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, announced a £38 million capital pot “to make sure that the colleges teaching those first T-Levels from 2020 can do so with really world class equipment and facilities.”
The first wave of T-levels, due to begin teaching in September 2020, are digital (production, design and development), childcare and education, and construction (planning and design). Fifty-four providers have been selected so far to deliver the digital, and childcare and education pathways, but those chosen for construction are still unknown. This suggests that the £38 million will be shared between an unknown number of providers with each potentially receiving less than £700,000.
Chief executive of the Association of Colleges, David Hughes, said that the announcement is “a sure sign that the government is pushing ahead with its plans”, but he also cautioned that “T-levels will not be “a silver bullet solution”.