T Levels expand the work-ready tech talent base and now include a specialism in cyber security
Nash Squared's CEO, Bev White, talks about the benefits of T Levels and the launch of the cyber security specialism that students can now choose. This article first appeared on ComputerWeekly.com.
T Levels are creating a pathway into the technology sector, from software development to cyber security, for people that feel a more academic route is not for them.
The UK has a strong traditional education system that leads young people through GCSEs and A Levels to a degree at some of the world’s leading universities. Every year, thousands of talented and highly educated young people graduate and enter the workplace.
Nevertheless, the tech sector – like other industries – struggles to meet its entry level talent needs and build a sustainable pipeline for the future. Skills shortages and gaps are a perennial issue. Meeting diversity ambitions is another challenge, given that traditional routes tend to be dominated by students from certain demographic groups and backgrounds.
That is why in recent years alternative pathways including apprenticeships and placement schemes have attracted increasing attention and investment. Recognition has grown that traditional pathways are not suited to everyone and may result in some young people being denied the opportunity to develop to their full potential. Building a wider pipeline of talent at entry level helps address skills shortages and increases diversity, enabling businesses to better reflect the communities in which they operate.
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