What are T-levels?

T-levels are qualifications being rolled out in England from September 2020 which will be an ideal route to start many exciting technician roles. Over the next few years, more and more people will be able to pick from a range of T-levels once they’ve done their GCSEs.

Be inspired by some of the technician careers below which T-levels can get you ready for.

Visit the government’s dedicated T-levels website for more information.

T-level: Design, surveying and planning in construction

“Just go for the thing you enjoy doing the most, you don’t want to wake up and not want to go to work. I love my work because it’s fun."

Aurelia | Architectural Technician

T-level: Design, surveying and planning in construction

Starting in September 2020

With this T-level you could also launch your career as a Surveying Technician or a Civil Engineering Technician

T-level: Digital production, design and development

“The first thing I ever made was a one-page website about myself for my IT lesson. From then, I knew that I wanted to work with software.”

Yogi | Software Technician

T-level: Digital production, design and development

Starting in September 2020

With this T-level you could also launch your career as a Software Developer or a Gaming Audio Engineer

Relevant T-level: Building services engineering

“Every house is plumbed differently so it can be a bit of a jigsaw puzzle – but I like the challenge!”

Jess | Plumbing & Domestic Heating Technician

Relevant T-level: Building services engineering

Coming Autumn 2021

With this T-level you could also launch your career as a Smart Home Technician or a Fire, Emergency & Security Systems Technician

Relevant T-level: Digital business services

“It’s intriguing how a few lines of code can make these huge machines do whatever you want."

Gabriel | SCADA (Supervisory and Data Acquisition) Technician

Relevant T-level: Digital business services

Coming Autumn 2021

With this T-level you could also launch your career as a Data Analyst or a Data Architect

Relevant T-level: Healthcare science

"I always knew I wanted to be creative and didn’t want to sit at a desk all day. I wanted a hands-on role where I could develop and grow whilst helping people.”

Alan | Orthotic Technician

Relevant T-level: Healthcare science

Coming Autumn 2021

With this T-level you could also launch your career as a Pharmacy Technician or a Dental Laboratory Assitant

Relevant T-level: Science

“It’s really rewarding when you go back to your desk, put all your data together and you’ve actually found something.”

Dhanisha | Research Technician

Relevant T-level: Science

Coming Autumn 2021

With this T-level you could also launch your career as a Food Technologist or an Environmental Technician

Relevant T-level: Digital support and services

"Adapt, and always set yourself targets to achieve. You can do whatever you want to do in life with hard work and focus."

Alex | Network Engineer

Relevant T-level: Digital support and services

Coming Autumn 2021

With this T-level you could also launch your career as a Cyber Security Technician or an IT Solutions Technician

Could I be a technician?

Technicians work on everything from software development to medical research, and these jobs are ideal for people who are inquisitive, practical and great problem-solvers. Take a look below and see if any of this sounds like you.

Discover more about these attributes in our prospectus.

Analytical

A natural ability to look at a problem logically, to consider all possibilities, before finding the best way forward.

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Attention to detail

The ability to focus, make sound judgements and accurate decisions.

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Communicating complex ideas

Being able to make difficult things easy to understand and communicate them to others.

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Critical thinking

The process of thinking carefully about a subject or idea. Listening carefully, asking the right questions and acting upon what you’ve learnt is key.

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Decisive

To be able to assess the available options and find the correct solution quickly and confidently.

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Instructing others

A knack for teaching others how to do something.

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Practical application

Being able to put what you’ve learnt into practice.

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Precise

Being very careful and accurate, particularly about small details. Real attention to detail gives you the quality control skills needed to pursue a career as a technician.

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Problem-solving

The ability to define or identify a complex problem, arrive at a number of potential solutions and evaluate, choose and implement the best possible solution.

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Technologically-minded

Possessing a knack for using new technology or creating things on a computer.

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Discover more about these skills in our prospectus.

Our real-life stories of technicians show just how broad and interesting technician jobs are. From working on ground-breaking treatments for cancer, developing robots headed for space, or working backstage on best-selling shows; be inspired by reading about how technicians make things happe.

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Useful Information

Average Salary of a Research laboratory Technician £49,400
Average Salary of a Network Engineer £34,320
Average Salary of a Mechanical Designer £31,720
UK average adult salary £26,260

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*according to ONS

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