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  • Writer's pictureSteve O'Hare

BLOG: It started with a bid...

The first batch of T Level results have been announced and I would like to congratulate everybody who has completed the course.

They will be the first of many and the pioneers of the Government’s flagship new post-16 qualifications.

T Levels are technical-based qualifications in England, developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work, further training or study.

They are a two-year course, taken by 16 to 18-year-old students after completing their GCSEs. They are the equivalent of an A Level, with a technical/practical slant, rather than an academic one.

T Level students

Over 400 students have made their way through that first trench of T Levels, even with the challenges of Covid thrown in. And 40 colleges across the country have offered the T Level courses with good success.

I have a very personal investment in T Levels because in the first six months of SCLO’s existence, I did a lot of work with the awarding organisation, NCFE to secure the licence to develop the T Level in Education and Childcare.

This time four years ago, we were already starting to do the background work on T-levels, to win the hearts and minds of the decision makers at the Department for Education and the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

This success of this tender, led to SCLO being asked to support NCFE’s application for the second wave of licences, less than six months later. I will never forget the almost unprecedented results we achieved together too with five out of five bids coming back successful!


T Levels are a great example of the diversification of work that I take on at SCLO. Many people know the business for its success with RoATP and the AEB, for example, but the T Levels licences are another string to the SCLO bow.

At SCLO we are always happy to look at new and different opportunities, which are stretching and challenging that support our customers in winning new business.


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