T Levels – how can employers and industry experts get involved?

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T Levels, the next step in agricultural education, are launching in September. Find out how you can play a part.

The T Level (Technical Qualification) in agriculture for 16-19 year olds will launch in September 2023. The aim of T Levels is to make them relevant to industry with content and work placements that reflect employer needs.

In the first year, a selected number of colleges across England will offer the new qualification to students with more coming on board in 2024 and 2025.

See our table below of the the areas of study colleges will be offering: 

College Crop, woodland and horticulture Livestock management Land-based engineering
Bedford College (Shuttleworth)  
Bishop Burton
Chichester College    
Cirencester College    
City of Sunderland (Kirkley Hall Campus)    
Kendal College    
Reaseheath College
Sparsholt College  
Suffolk New College (Otley Campus)  

How can I get involved?

To make T Levels relevant, employer involvement is needed now and throughout the life of the qualification. Involvement can include:

  • The validation of assessment materials
  • Reviewing the qualification and its content
  • Participation in a T Level Strategy Group

Help from employers and individuals across crop production and livestock production is needed to help develop T Levels and create a qualification matching industry needs.


City and Guilds are the awarding body and they need farmers and growers to help colleges standardise learners work. Do you have 3 hours of time to help the launch of T Levels?

Farmer and grower volunteers are needed to help City and Guilds validate learning materials. The commitment is 3 hours involving:

  • A virtual onboarding meeting lasting one hour.
  • A small amount of background reading lasting no more than one hour.
  • An online meeting discussing validation of materials – again no more than one hour in length.

All volunteers will be offered a payment of £30 per hour by City and Guilds in recognition of the time given to this work.

If you are interested and want to help the next generation of farmers and farm workers on the first step of their careers, contact: [email protected]

Required experience

Employers and individuals with experience and knowledge of the following sectors are welcomed:

  • Dairy and beef cattle
  • Sheep
  • Pigs
  • Poultry
  • Field crop production
  • Container crop production
  • Plant production

Getting involved

To find out more on how you can get involved and make a contribution to T Levels in agriculture and the education of the next talent pipeline, please contact Sally Green, Industry Manager for Land-based Services (T Levels) at City and Guilds.

More information on T Levels in Agriculture can be found at: cityandguilds.com/t-levels

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