FAILSWORTH and Ashton MP Angela Rayner has met students at Oldham College studying T Levels in the hope to learn more about the qualification.

T Levels, launched in 2020, are a two-year high-level qualification made up of 80 per cent classroom-based learning and 20 per cent on-the-job experience in the workplace.

The T in T Levels stands for technical, with the qualification offering pupils aged 16-19 years-old a technical education as an alternative to traditional academic options.

Ms Rayner joined Digital learners in the college’s new agile workshop to discuss their recent project exploring the outcomes of COP26.

She also met students in the new on-site simulation suites which replicate real-world nursery, hospital ward and care home environments and spoke to pupils about their future career plans.

Angela, who is also Labour’s deputy leader, said: “School and college visits are my favourite bit of the job, and it was great to meet young people who are so enthusiastic in their learning.

“The new facilities at Oldham College will give their learning a real boost and help to prepare them for life in the world of work once they finish their course.”

Alun Francis, Oldham College principal and chief executive, said: “It was great to welcome Angela here and to update her on our exciting plans that are equipping young people and adults with the skills they need to succeed in the new economy.

“She also got to see some our brilliant new facilities - and it was fantastic for her to meet our first-ever T Level learners and to hear why they have chosen this path.”