On July 6th, Berkeley Group hosted a T-Levels Insights Day to connect education professionals with the built environment industry. Sponsored by the Department for Education, we were delighted to welcome representatives from 11 colleges at the Institute of Technology to collaboratively discuss how to support and upskill tutors who plan to deliver T-Levels in Design, Surveying and Planning.
T-levels are a new two-year technical qualification, which splits students’ time 80/20% between classroom learning and an industry placement. Aimed to be taken after GCSEs, the course content is designed to meet the needs of industry and to prepare students for entry into skilled employment.
The day enabled attendees to learn more around the T-Level specifications, and how they can help to shape placements in the future. Speakers from across Berkeley Group also shared their expertise about Building Information Modelling, sustainability, and modular construction. In addition, attendees were given a site tour of TwelveTrees Park – a Berkeley development in Newham - to see our work in action.
Reflecting on the day, Jill Nicholls (Head of Construction & the Built Environment, Transport & Logistics, Department for Education) said:
“Such in inspirational day. Berkeley Group clearly have a passion to achieve excellence in all aspects of their work and bringing in early talent is no exception. The day encouraged us all to think about what was best for the learner and how we could collaborate to ensure their experience with the company, no matter what path, gave them the best possible to start to their career in the sector.”
Karl Whiteman (Divisional Managing Director – Land and Planning, Berkeley Group) said:
“It was fantastic to attend and contribute to the T-Level Insights Day, and engage with colleges about Berkeley and current industry practice. We are pleased to support them to deliver valuable teaching to students through a variety of entry routes, including T-Levels and apprenticeships.”
At Berkeley Group, we engage with young people, schools, education providers and our supply chain to transform perceptions of careers in the built environment. As part of this, we regularly host outreach days to promote cutting-edge and rewarding built environment careers, and showcase the breadth of attractive and rewarding opportunities available to people from all walks of life. On average 10% of our employees were in ‘earn while you learn’ roles in 2022-2023.