Neil Patterson, Principal of Silverstone UTC and ex-Chief Engineer at McLaren Automotive has been selected to join one of the new panels responsible for developing the outline content for technical qualifications and the broader T Level curriculum.
In a publication released today by the Department for Education, T Levels are explained as a “new technical study programmes that will sit alongside Apprenticeships within a reformed skills training system. The reforms are at the heart of a skills partnership between government, business and education and training providers – a partnership that will create the skills revolution needed to meet the needs of our economy.”
Anne Milton MP, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills said, “The publication of today’s T levels Action Plan represents another step towards putting technical education on a par with other routes to employment. What sets these qualifications apart is the way they are being developed. We have always been clear that the only way to successfully put these reforms in place is through genuine partnerships between business, government and educators. One team for skills.”
Neil Patterson has been appointed to the panel responsible for the “Engineering, Design, Development and Control Pathway” under the Engineering and Manufacturing route. The panel will be chaired by Mike Westlake who is responsible for running education programmes for CAD software company Autodesk. Patterson will use his knowledge of the design and development process of high-performance sports cars at McLaren combined with his experience of technical education gained from setting up and running the UTC based at Silverstone Circuit, which currently educates 475 young people between the ages of 14-18.
Silverstone UTC is developing a reputation and track record for supplying high-performing work-ready, young people to the region’s high performance technology businesses. Many of this summer’s students left to start university courses across the country, with its 6th Form alumni having gained the equivalent of an average grade of B/B- at A Level and 44% of students having gained the equivalent of AAA or higher at A level when expressed as UCAS points. Additionally, its alumni took over half of the available apprenticeships at Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains this summer, and placed four students on sought after apprenticeship schemes with prestigious car manufacturer Aston Martin.
Neil Patterson, Principal, said, “It is absolutely essential to make sure that these professional and technical qualifications reflect the needs of industry. Through my own experience and through the relationships the UTC has with many high performance technology companies in the Silverstone Technology Cluster, I feel I am uniquely placed to play a major role in developing qualifications that are not only fit for purpose, but fit for the future in this fast-changing industry, and I can’t wait to get stuck in at our first meeting next month.”
Further information about T Levels can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/education-secretary-announces-first-new-t-levels