Draft occupational maps, central to the reform of technical education, have been published in the latest T Levels consultation.
Each of the 15 occupational maps sets out the occupations within the routes defined in the government’s Skills Plan. By categorising different occupations in relation to the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed, these maps aim to provide a structure upon which T Levels will be built. Each route is broken down into pathways and clusters at three ‘bands’ to distinguish the level of skills required.
The immediate focus for the consultation is to identify any skilled occupations not currently captured and those that should be moved to different clusters or pathways.
The consultation points out that not all occupations are shown on the maps because not all occupations are suited to technical education and could, for example, be learnt on the job.
The maps will continually evolve with the Institute for Apprenticeships carrying out a series of reviews of each route.
Following the consultation, an updated version of the maps will be published on the Institute’s website in spring 2018.