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Tuesday 13th November 2018 7:00 am
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A FORMER Mill Chase Academy pupil has landed himself a top job advising the Government on upcoming education reforms.

Alexander Wilson has been appointed as a panel adviser for the new T-levels for the Department of Education and Cabinet Office.

These technical qualifications were launched to simplify the process of vocational training in England. The idea is to offer post-age-16 courses in sectors such as construction and childcare, with the final qualification being seen as equal to its academic counterpart, the A-level.

Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT), which manages Bordon’s Future Skills Centre, has said T-levels will be added to the curriculum in the coming years, when they are rolled out across the country.

Before then, the Government has to dot the “i”s and cross the “t”s and has appointed some industry experts to help.

Among them is former Bordon pupil, Mr Wilson, who told the Herald about his career.

“Since leaving school, I went to Guildford College and then to the University of Surrey (with a placement year with the Royal Household) before firstly joining Elite Hotels.

“I then moved back to London in 2015 to work with Rocco Forte Hotels, now as front-office manager at the flagship property Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair,” he said.

“I am actively involved in many hospitality organisations including the Springboard Charity, Institute of Hospitality and Hospitality Action.

“I give guest lectures regularly at the University of Surrey and deliver career speeches through the Springboard Charity to encourage careers in hospitality sector.

“I am immensely proud to have been asked to become a Government advisor to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Education to roll out the new T-level programmes and to advise on training and skills for both hospitality and management. I have always been determined and ambitious about my career in the hospitality sector, and this opportunity enables me now to have a voice to enable others to grow with the new programmes that the Government will introduce.

“At the age of 28, I know I have a lot more things to learn and things I want to achieve, but nothing is impossible if you put your mind to it. For me it has always been about love and enjoyment of what you do, working hard and being committed and dedication. When opportunities like this come along, you have to grab them with both hands.”

From 2020, the Government will offer post-age-16 students in England courses in construction, digital, education and childcare.

A further 22 courses will be rolled out in stages from 2021 which will cover sectors such as finance, hair and beauty, engineering, and the creative industries.

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