Flexible system needed for post-16 qualifications, UKHospitality says

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13/06/2019 - 05:00
Trade body, UKHospitality has responded to the Government’s review of post-16 qualifications, highlighting the need for a flexible, consolidated system that promotes learning and careers at a young age.

T Levels are new courses coming in September 2020, which will follow GCSE’s, and are equivalent to three A Levels. The two-year courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses to prepare students for working life.

Students will have a mixture of classroom experience and learning ‘on the job’. T Levels are available in subjects including catering, digital business services and health.

UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “If younger people are to learn, grow and achieve their potential in rewarding careers, then the education system needs to be versatile and effective. This is particularly important for the hospitality sector. 

“UKHospitality’s Workforce Commission 2030 report identified a need for a better system of communicating the benefits of a career in hospitality to students and school leavers. We are facing a skills shortage and the next generation of sector leaders needs to be discovered.

“T Levels can best achieve this if the system is flexible, with education and apprenticeships closely linked. Hospitality is a diverse and exciting sector and it can provide opportunities to nurture learning and skills development that some young people may have missed.”

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