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NFEC Seminars 2021

Since June 2020 NFEC has operated a programme of online seminars; adopting the title of "Where do we go from here"

The series was prompted by the changes being brought on by the resurgence of the Covid 19 Pandemic, taking account of Lockdowns, Social Distancing and Limiting Contact during Teaching, Assessment and in the Workplace - whilst recognising the importance of maintaining a sound education system. Focusing on Science, Engineering and Technology education at intermediate and higher levels. The series will engage regulators, administrators, practitioners, influencers and others in considering the impact of changing expectations, systems and practices that relate to what we earlier called the "New Normal".

The seminars set out to share what we collectively have learned and what further developments will be required; are there likely to be changes to the standards that we apply or at least the way that we will be required to apply them?

The series of National Seminars will seek to build on the experiences of all involved in the process and will explore the challenges that we now face, irrespective of how long this "crisis" lasts.

Seminar topics have now embraced other aspects of change that are rapidly approaching and have undertaken a detailed look at T Level Developments which are now under continual review. The recent White Paper and other potential changes will undergo similar review at future seminars.

The NFEC AGM has traditionally been held at the December National Conference which was cancelled last year with the AGM being held on-line in March 2021.

NFEC is contemplating a face to face conference for the Spring of 2022 but this is not confirmed yet - it is possible or we may run an on-line event. More news in due course.

We are working on a timetable for these events, these will be billed as National and Regional events. The National events will feature key speakers and discussion on specific topics. The Regional events are intended to facilitate wider discussion on issues of immediate importance to members.

The details of events will be published here, please watch for news as the programme is developed.

Please contact us on, if there are particular topics that you would like to see being included, or if you have contributions that you can make.

Latest News

Launch of Wave 4 of the T Levels Capital fund and Publication of T Level Action Plan

18th December 2021

Today the Department for Education announced the launch of Wave 4 of the T Levels Capital fund and opened the window for applications for the Buildings and Facilities Improvement Grant. This funding is aimed at providers who are delivering T Levels in September 2023.

There will be over £150m available for providers, split across the Specialist Equipment Allocation - which will be a one-off payment made to all providers delivering new T Level routes in academic year 2023-24 (providers do not need to apply for this) - and the Buildings and Facilities Improvement Grant, which is now open for applications.

The Department has also updated the list of approved projects under Wave 3 of T Levels Capital funding.

The Department has also published of the 2021 T Level Action Plan. This follows the first four T Level Action Plans published in 2017, 2018, 2019 and January 2021 and updates providers, employers and other stakeholders on the progress of the T Level rollout and preparations for delivery in 2022 and beyond.

Key updates include:

  • 5,450 new students started T Levels in 2021, and 3,550 students started T Level Transition Programmes
  • More than 70 higher education providers have now confirmed that they will consider T Levels for entry into higher education in 2022 including Newcastle, Cardiff, Reading, York, Nottingham Trent, Lancaster, and Portsmouth universities, and we expect that number to grow as T Levels become more established in the technical education system and are rolled out in more subjects
  • Over 400 providers have registered to deliver T Levels from 2023 so far, including all General Further Education Colleges in England

Engineering and Manufacturing Route Review - update

24th November 2021

Finally the Institute For Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IFA&TE) have published their overall report of the Engineering and Manufacturing Route Review they conducted, which is now available to read on the their website by using the following link:

Engineering and manufacturing route review report / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

Disappointingly, but not unexpectedly they have concluded that the current Engineering Technician (level 3) apprenticeship Standard must be "redeveloped into new occupational standards for occupations which are identified as distinct and standalone".

You may recall that the current Engineering Technician Standard, which attracts the highest number of registrations, was built using a core and options approach when this was acceptable. However, since the IFA&TE was formed they have never liked the standard as it does not fit with their criteria for Apprentice Standards.

This redevelopment requires the setting up of additional Apprentice Trailblazer groups under both the Aerospace/Airworthiness Trailblazer Group and the Automotive Trailblazer Group. The Aerospace/Airworthiness Group is already making good headway with developing replacement Standards to address those currently available via the Engineering Technician (level 3) apprenticeship Standard, and these are:

  • Space Systems Engineer Level 6
  • Aerospace Engineer Level 6
  • Aerospace Engineering Technician Level 3
  • Aircraft Maintenance Technician Level 3
  • Survival Equipment Fitter Level 3
  • Aerospace Software Engineer Level 6
  • Machining Level 3 (which is cross-sectoral)

In turn the Automotive Group has started the process of setting up 'sub trailblazer Groups' to develop the following Standards to replace those occupations currently addressed by the Engineering Technician (level 3) apprenticeship Standard, namely:

  • Mechatronics Maintenance Level 3
  • Product Design and Development Level 3
  • Toolmaker and Tool and Die Maintenance Level 3
  • Technical Support Technician Level 3

All groups (in particular those being newly formed by the Automotive Group) need additional employers to join the groups to help develop these Standards.

NFEC has a representative on both the Aerospace/Airworthiness Trailblazer Group and the Automotive Trailblazer Group, and has been supporting the development of the new cross-sector Machining Standard. So if you have any comment/ observations you would like to make, or you are an employer who would like to join one of the groups please contact NFEC.

To support the publication of their report the IFA&TE are organising a special virtual event on 30 November 2021 between 14:00 - 15:00 which will provide employers and other partners with more opportunity to ask questions and reflect on the recommended changes.

You can book tickets at:
Engineering & Manufacturing Route Review Q&A event Tickets, Tue 30 Nov 2021 at 14:00 | Eventbrite

Emerging Skills Project - Paid Train the Trainer places and free content

23rd November 2021

As part of the DfE funded Emerging Skills Programme, a series of training sessions are being run on the portfolio of Industrial Digitisation Technology units that are being developed. The purpose of these sessions is to equip training staff to deliver these units to regional employers.

A number of trainers have already signed up to attend specific units, and are being encouraged to attend the Train the Trainer for other related units in the IDT portfolio so they can gain an understanding of the wider set. Attendance will be reimbursed at the rate of £400/day plus up to £100 travel expenses where applicable.

Full details of the units and Eventbrite booking pages for the Train the Trainer sessions can be found at

T Levels - an essential funding and data guide

9th November 2021

Presented by Nick Linford: LSECT T Levels Funding - Essential Guide

Nick Linford will be delivering 3 online workshops during November, including one dedicated to T Levels.

T Levels - an essential funding and data guide
Tuesday 30th November - 13:00 - 15:30

In this live 2.5 hour technical webinar Nick Linford will cover everything you need to know about T Levels and the way the ESFA funds them.

  1. Overview of the T-Level curriculum design and requirements
  2. T Level implementation timeline
  3. 16-19 Study Programme Funding formula overview
  4. T Level funding rates
  5. T Level funding formula
  6. 16-19 Study Programme lagged funding allocations
  7. T Level data requirements
  8. T Level achievement rates and performance monitoring
  9. Funding audit and using DSATs for T Levels
  10. T Level transition programme

Curriculum, funding, finance, MIS managers and other senior staff will benefit, particularly from organisations such as:

  • FE colleges
  • Independent learning providers
  • Local authority providers
  • Sector related organisations (including AOs LEPs and MCAs)
  • Other organisations with an interest in T Level funding

Places are expected to go fast, so book now to avoid disappointment. These 2.5hr technical commercial 'expert' webinars cost £140 + VAT (£95 + VAT for Gold Members) per registration, which will include the materials and recording.


Other Online Workshops

Apprenticeships - essential guide to funding
23rd November - 13:00 - 15:30
Find out more

AEB - essential guide to funding
25th November - 13:00 - 15:30
Find out more

Ask the engineers: COP26 webinar series

27th October 2021

The COP26 summit will soon be underway and the world's eyes will be on Glasgow this November as leaders agree a way forward in the climate crisis. The summit is a critical moment for global society and engineers have a crucial part to play on our path to net zero.

Join the Royal Academy of Engineering for an online series that discusses news from the summit as it unfolds. Expert panels will debate key themes, from hydrogen as a fuel to the need for more engineering skills.

Register free for all webinars

Expert speakers include:

  • Dame Joanna da Silva DBE FREng, Director of International Development, Arup
  • Paul Bogers, Vice President, Hydrogen, Shell
  • Dr Enass Abo-Hamed, Chief Executive Officer, H2GoPower
  • Rachel Skinner FREng, President, Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Professor Nilay Shah OBE FREng, Head of Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London
  • Dr Lara Suzuki, Head of Data and IT, Google

Notification of a free CPD event for teaching staff being provided by The Education Training Foundation in conjunction with WorldSkills UK

13th October 2021

Developing excellence in teaching and training, hosted in partnership with the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), is an interactive online CPD (continuing professional development) event to help educators in the skills sector develop their teaching capabilities.

Taking place on Wednesday 24 - Thursday 25 November 2021, this online training event will give attendees the opportunity to learn from WorldSkills UK's insights into international best practice as well as the very best industry expertise through practical workshops and discussions.

The event is free to join, by registering on the WorldSkills UK website

Workshops and sessions will cover four key areas:

  • Equity, diversity and inclusion
  • WorldSkills UK way: the art of teaching and training
  • Live technical masterclasses
  • Education 4.0

23th September 2021

The current government review of post 16 qualifications will have significant impact on students, providers and businesses in the future. Many in our sector have real concerns over how this will affect immediate and future career choices, in particular what will be available for career progression and choices for more mature workers planning to retrain or extend their qualification base for future job opportunities.

In this fast moving, ever changing world where we must all expect multiple jobs and very diverse roles will these proposals help or hinder future development routes.

Some of this will be discussed during the September 2021 NFEC Seminar.

The documents referenced below were released in July and will be relevant to this month’s discussions:

The following links set out the Government's / Department for Education policy statement setting out changes to level 3 qualifications following the review of post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below in England.

It summarises the groups of qualifications that will be approved for funding alongside A levels and T Levels. It also sets out how the Department expect students to progress and how the new range of qualifications will support all students to fulfil their potential.

From the T Levels Team:

28th May 2021

We are delighted to announce that employers will be able to claim £1000 for every T Level student they host on a high-quality industry placement, as part of a new incentive scheme

The T Level employer incentive fund, launched today, recognises the impact of the pandemic on many businesses, and has been designed to help cover financial constraints employers may face as a barrier to hosting placements in the short term.

Employers will be able to claim £1000 for up to 20 students they host on a 45 day (315 hour) industry placement, from now until July 2022. The incentive offers businesses an excellent opportunity to tap into the emerging talent pipeline, whilst supporting the skilled workforce of the future.

Those interested in accessing the incentive payments and offering T Level industry placements should contact: 08000 150 600 (choose option 4) or fill out an industry placement contact form online: Next steps | T Levels

As a T Level panel member we appreciate your support to share news of the new incentive payment with your networks.

Please do share today's news, linking to the news story on GOV.UK and liking and sharing our post on T Levels LinkedIn.

We are also pleased to share our new Employer Guide to help businesses understand how to host an industry placement. This includes details on what is expected of employers during the placement. Please do share this with your networks too.

Also announced, a procurement exercise, of up to £350,000, for an Employer Support Package, will taking place in the summer, for an organisation to offer employers T Levels support. Such support will include delivering webinars, and support sessions across England.

T Levels Team

T Levels Team Signature

NFEC have been advised of two key announcements relating to T Level Qualifications

You may have already seen or heard about this, but see below for details of a capital funding release for T level introduction - not that £135m (especially as it might only be a proportion of this, as Accounting, Finance and Management and Administration are also due for the 2022 rollout) will go far across the engineering and manufacturing providers who might apply.

The next NFEC Seminar with touch on changes to the Action Plan. The following NFEC Seminar in March will discuss the Work Placement element of T Levels.

Posted by NFEC 15th January 2021 on behalf of: Susan Chambers, T Level Delivery Division

Subject:T Levels capital funding for providers

Dear colleagues

I wanted to draw your attention to a couple of recent announcements (DfE press notice). We have today launched a £135 million T Levels capital fund to help providers delivering T Levels in September 2022 to fund the building/facilities works and equipment needed to deliver the new qualifications. The closing date for the submission of bids is 26th March 2021. Further details on the fund including, the published guidance, application form and other information on the fund.

We have also announced the approval of £48.5m worth of projects as part of wave 2 capital funding, for providers delivering T Levels from September this year.

In addition, we have published the fourth in our series of annual T Level Action Plans. The 2020 T Level Action Plan provides information on the delivery of the first three T Levels in September 2020, and on our continued work with a range of delivery partners towards the full rollout of T Levels. The main points include:

  • The launch of the first three T Levels, including early recruitment information
  • Eligibility criteria and how to register for T Level delivery in 2023 and beyond
  • Updates on the rollout of T Level routes and pathways
  • Support packages available to T Level Providers; and
  • Progress with the Level 3 Qualifications Review and Higher Technical Qualifications

Many thanks and do let me know if you've any questions.

Susan Chambers
T Level Delivery Division | Level 5, 2 St Paul's Place | 125 Norfolk Street | Sheffield S1 2FJ | Tel: 07384 809 380
Susan Chambers T Level Delivery Division

NFEC Free Seminars

Friday 19th November 2021

Developing Engineering & Manufacturing Education Resources for future programmes

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Annual Conference

The 2020 National Conference was cancelled due to Covid 19. Consideration for a 2021 Conference will be made later in the year. Seminars will continue throughout 2021.

Business Members Products

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View these pages to see some of the latest product developments, equipment, services and information. The links in the Business Members section connect with company websites, product catalogues and presentations.

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NFEC Events

The current unprecedented global and UK situation calls for all of us to make the best judgements we can in the light of the official guidance we are receiving. Therefore reluctantly, the Board of Directors, have decided to cancel all future NFEC events planned for the next few months, until further notice and hopefully an improving situation emerges.

For more information and meeting notes go to our Regions page

Membership Fees

Due to the current situation the previously planned increase in membership fees has been cancelled.

NFEC membership fees are held at Institutional / Corporate / Company Membership: £460.00

Individual Professional: £100.00

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