Lancashire and West Midlands get ‘routes ready’

15 February 2018 Natasha Watkinson

Lancashire and the West Midlands have joined the group of local areas working with Gatsby to prepare for implementation of technical education routes and T levels.

In each area the project will be supported by a dedicated project manager and overseen by an already established governance group.  

In Lancashire, the project is directed by the area’s Skills and Employment Board.

“'The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership is delighted to be working with the Gatsby Foundation, to drive forward the implementation of Lancashire's Technical Education Vision. We will be working with The Lancashire College Group, Lancashire Work Based Learning Forum, and employers to be 'routes ready' – addressing labour market demands across the Lancashire area, and supporting progression for our young people.”
Michele Lawty-Jones, Director of the Lancashire Skills Hub

Rachel Egan, West Midlands Combined Authority Programme Lead for Skills, Employment & Productivity, is working with the area’s FE Skills and Productivity Group as they move forward workstrands supporting the introduction of routes and T levels.

Route networks in each area will bring together curriculum leads, for example, for the Digital route, to plan professional development activity for teachers ahead of the introduction of T levels from 2020. The project manager will work with providers and employers to embed technical routes into ongoing work to grow apprenticeships and work placements, and CEIAG support for young people. 

Lancashire and the West Midlands join Greater Manchester and Sheffield City Region in the programme. Hear from these areas in the video below, and join events around the country to learn more.