T Level Recruitment

Body: Department for Education
Appointing Department: Department for Education
Sectors: Education
Location: Panel meetings will be held at various locations across the country.
Number of Vacancies: Recruiting for 9 panels, across 5 routes. Panels will be made up of between 10 to 15 members
Remuneration: These are critical roles that will require successful applicants to spend time away from their day job. In recognition of this, as a panel member, your employer will receive £1,000 on a quarterly basis. If you are a panel chair, your employer will receive £2,000 on a quarterly basis. Successful panel members will have to pay for their own travel and subsistence costs however, these payments will cover any travel expenses incurred in attending meetings.
Time Requirements: The work of the panels is to a timeline linked to overall T level delivery. We would broadly expect each panel to meet approximately once a month for a year, and that panel members will undertake some additional work outside of meetings. We would expect this to be approximately one day per month, however there will be peaks in the work of panels when additional effort may be required. This is a 1 year fixed term appointment, from the point of being allocated to a panel, with the possibility of an extension.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    07/05/2018 at 17:00

  • Panel Sift

    W/C 14/05/2018

  • Final Interview Date

    Interviews for panel chairs only. Successful applicants will be expected to attend a short face-to-face interview at the Department for Education, Sanctuary Buildings, London in either w/c 4 or 11 June 2018 (the exact date will be confirmed following application sift and moderation activity).

  • Announcement


Vacancy Description


The Department for Education is recruiting for employer panels for the following T level routes that will be delivered from 2022:

  • Agriculture, Environmental and Animal Care;
  • Business and Administration;
  • Catering and Hospitality;
  • Creative and Design; and
  • Hair and Beauty.

The Department for Education is seeking experienced practitioners, managers/trainers of practitioners, or members of professional bodies or trade associations with direct experience of occupations in these routes. Applicants should be employed or self-employed and actively working in their industry or sector. They should be willing to commit their time and expertise in one of the following roles to co-create improvements to technical education across England:

  • Panel members: who will collectively be responsible for developing outline content for qualifications relating to specific technical occupations by determining the key skills, knowledge and behaviours that individuals should meet to become competent. These will incorporate and build on apprenticeship standards.
  • Panel chairs: who, in addition to the above, will lead the overall panel for a technical pathway, drive progress in the creation of outline content, and facilitate the active participation of all panel members.

The ‘person specification’ section, below, sets out the key responsibilities and panel membership terms.

T level panels are responsible for developing the outline content for the qualifications forming part of the new T levels: a gold standard for technical and professional excellence. The department believes there is one way to get this right; through a genuine partnership between business, government and education professionals: one team for skills.

Each T level panel will sit at pathway level and the department is looking to recruit people with direct experience of occupations in the following areas:

Route  Pathway (each T level panel will sit at pathway level)
Agriculture, Environmental and Animal Care Animal Care and Management
Agriculture, Land Management and Production
Business and Administration Human Resources
Management and Administration
Catering and Hospitality Catering
Creative and Design Craft and Design
Cultural Heritage and Visitor Attractions
Music, Broadcast and Production
Hair and Beauty Hair, Beauty and Aesthetics


There are already T level panels in place across 6 routes: Digital; Education and Childcare; Construction; Health and Science; Legal, Financial and Accounting; and Engineering and Manufacturing. These panels are making excellent progress in creating outline content for those T levels that will be delivered in 2020 and 2021, and forging a genuine partnership between business, government and education professionals to develop technical education that prepares individuals for skilled employment.

Together these routes cover 13 million roles in the economy. This new framework will transform full and part-time college-based courses into high-quality technical education options, which fit coherently alongside reformed apprenticeships, and extend to the highest levels of education and training.

At a later stage technical education functions will transfer across to the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfA), to which Trailblazer groups and Route Panels report, at which point the T level panels will be will be operated by them. Annex B  provides information on the various employer groups engaged with technical reforms.

This is an exciting opportunity for you to be at the heart of a new technical education system that will better meet your needs. These roles are hugely important to making this ambition a success. If you believe you have the skills and experience the Department for Education is looking for, please submit and Expression of Interest, by completing this form  by 5pm on Tuesday 8 May 2018.

Person Specification

As a panel member or chair, your key responsibilities will be to:

•      Advise on the outline content of new technical qualifications: To provide the ‘core’ and ‘specialist’ content for the T level, in sufficient detail for awarding organisations to develop the full qualification specification.

•      Advise on the broader T level programme: Panels will make recommendations about the wider T level programme, for example the study of further qualifications where needed, recommending specific requirements of work placements and whether maths and English exit requirements should exceed the minimum standards required of all learners.

•      Seek wider industry and sector engagement, for example using your networks to gather opinions and comments to ensure T levels will meet employers’ needs.

In addition, as a panel chair, you would be expected to:

•      Lead the overall panel for a technical pathway, drive progress in the creation of outline content, and facilitate the active participation of all panel members

•      •  Work collaboratively alongside “Relationship Managers” and Education Advisors, who will be in place to support the work of each panel to drive forward the development of outline content within 1 year.

•      Ensure the panel works effectively, with strong collaboration between its members and wider industry/sectors, encouraging and supporting the development of partnership working to ensure the objectives are achieved.

•      Ensure clear plans of delivery are put in place to drive the work forward and undertake additional work outside of the panel meetings in order to progress the development of the outline content to the agreed timeframe.

Role Criteria (i.e. skills, behaviour and experience required)

We are seeking employed or self-employed individuals who are actively working in their industry or sector, with direct experience of occupations in the 9 pathways. The panels provide a genuine opportunity to influence the technical education offer available to young people. We are looking for professionals who are able to demonstrate sound judgment in dealing with complex issues. They must be able to operate within a panel structure to arrive at sound, balanced and timely decisions, which reflect the needs of the industry or sector.

The particular skills and experience we are looking for include:

Professional expertise

•      Evidence of your expertise as an industry/sector professional in the pathway you are applying for and why you want to be involved in one of the panels and your suitability for the role.

•      You may be a practitioner, directly managing or training staff who currently doing these occupations, or a member of a professional body or trade association.

Skills and experience relevant to the panel for which you are applying       

Interpersonal skills

•      Evidence of interpersonal skills that enable you to work with people at all levels, and the ability to offer and take on new ideas

Collaborative skills

•      Evidence of working with others, particularly negotiation and influencing skills, to achieve an end result that meet specific requirements

An understanding of the training and development needed to progress in your occupation/industry/sector

•      Evidence of your experience of supporting or mentoring others to progress

•      Evidence to demonstrate your understanding of what is required (skills and knowledge) to progress within your occupation/industry/sector and to support the changing needs of the economy

In addition, if you are applying for the panel chair role, we are looking for:

Leadership skills     

•      Evidence of providing leadership and strategic vision to achieve an end result that meet specific requirements at pace.

Managing people skills

•      Evidence of managing a diverse group of people to deliver successful outcomes.


Additional Information

Panel members will be well supported by a Department for Education Relationship Manager, appointed to your panel to provide guidance and facilitate development of the outline content. You will also have the support of an Education Advisor.

Panel members will be recruited based on their independent experience and professional skills. All members of panels have a duty to ensure that there is no conflict of interest likely to prejudice their independence and objectivity in performing their role. Panel discussions and content are confidential and panel members should not use their role to gain any advantage, for example in connection with a bid by your employer to provide future services to the DfE or IfA.

How to Apply

Please apply if you are interested in being a panel member or chair in any of the pathways, and have the skills and experience that we are seeking. To support your application, please provide an up to date C.V.

If you are applying to be a panel chair, please note that successful applicants will be expected to attend a short face-to-face interview at the Department for Education, Sanctuary Buildings, London in either w/c 4 or 11 June 2018 (the exact date will be confirmed following application sift and moderation activity).

When assessing the applications, we are keen to ensure we have a diverse and appropriate balance of panel members with a range of experience and knowledge covering a range of roles. It is crucial that the T level panels contain members from business large and small, and with a good regional spread, to ensure that they represent the diversity of employers across the country. We welcome applications from a range of industry professionals, including those from small businesses and self-employed.

Please complete the ‘Expression of Interest’ form which can be found at the bottom of this page and submit this, along with your C.V., to Employer.Panels@education.gov.uk by 5pm on Tuesday 8 May 2018.

Expression of Interest
Annex B - Employer Groups Engaged with Technical Reforms

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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