1 JUN 2018
RICS support the development of T-Levels as a high quality, technical alternative to A levels, helping in the construct of the Design, Surveying and Planning pathway that forms one of the options within the Construction route way for the new T-Levels.
The Government has released a consultation to gather feedback on the first three routeways.
We welcome a consultation as a method to get industry feedback on the pathways, but also much needed input from academic institutions as to the robustness of the pathways, especially in comparison to other offerings. However, the very short time of five days for response was a grave concern, following criticism, that response time has been extended to 10 June, though it still does not allow much time for interested parties to collect their views.
RICS are concerned that, alongside other changes to vocational training that are being implemented including changes to GCSE grading and the root and branch reform of apprenticeships, that employers and their future talent will be confused about what options they have available to enter surveying. Employers may stay will their traditional recruitment processes until they fully understand the qualifications that are being achieved. Likewise, students will tend towards the options they are familiar with, rather than be a part of a pilot.
We have seen very real progress and acceptance of the apprenticeship standards in surveying as a genuine and desirable option for those wishing to become a surveyor. We hope that the Design, Surveying and Planning T-Level pathway will be another positive option for young people to take. But it must be rolled out in a way that the sector embraces. Part of that process is to get them involved in consultations of this sort.