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The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education is an employer led crown Non Departmental Public Body. We oversee the development, approval and publication of apprenticeship standards and assessment plans as well as the occupational maps for T Levels and apprenticeships.


The Institute is responsible for Technical Qualifications, which is the main, classroom-based element of the T Level. T Levels are two-year technical study programmes that will become one of three major options for students to study at level 3 alongside apprenticeships and A levels.

We work with employer groups called trailblazers to develop apprenticeship standards and assessment plans, as well as, making recommendations on funding bands to the Department for Education for each apprenticeship standard.


The Institute has a role overseeing External Quality Assurance (EQA) across all EQA providers to ensure quality, consistency and credibility. We are accountable for the quality of apprenticeships and technical education.

To read more about us, visit us at:

The colleges currently delivering the trailblazer are, Gower College Swansea, Birmingham Metropolitan College, Lincoln College, London Rail Academy and West Suffolk College.

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