Peldon Rose's Michael Gorman supports new T Levels as an expert examiner with Pearson

01 September 2022. News.

As the construction industry changes, new avenues open for young people to join it via entry-level qualifications, allowing employers to provide opportunities for them to become a part of the industry and nurture the next generation of talent.

Commercial Manager Michael Gorman has been getting involved with Pearson’s new T Level qualification in Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction by volunteering as an expert examiner. We sat down with Michael to find out more about the qualification and how it benefits those joining the industry.

What are T Levels?

Launched by the Government in September 2020, T Levels are two year-courses, equivalent to three A Levels, offering students a mixture of classroom learning and on-the-job experience through a 45-day industry placement.

Developed in collaboration with businesses and employers, T Levels are designed to meet the needs of the industry and provide knowledge and experience that allows young people to progress into skilled employment, further study or a higher-level apprenticeship.

How is Michael getting involved to support them?

With a wealth of experience in the construction industry dating back to 2005, and now a Commercial Manager in the Landlord team, Michael Gorman applied to work as an expert examiner while furloughed in 2020. Focusing on the Science and Building Technology paper, Michael was involved in marking the work of the first cohort of T Level students to graduate this year.

Speaking about his involvement with the T Levels, Michael said, “For those of us who have been in the industry for many years, qualifications like this didn’t really exist when we were at school, so from that perspective it’s great to be able to support new opportunities as they open up for young people who want to get into design and build. It’s quite a fast-moving industry, but the nature of the qualification gives a structure and consistency to what students are learning, so whether they choose to jump straight into work or take that qualification further to university, we know that it’s a net benefit to the industry in the long-term.”

At Peldon Rose, we are always looking for ways that we can nurture the next generation of talent in our industry, whether that is through our design internship programme or offering apprenticeships in the business. If you’re interested in finding out more then please get in touch.


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