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The skills minister has said Department for Education officials will consider intervening if controversial T Level fee hikes hit college budgets.

College bosses reacted angrily to plans – uncovered by FE Week in January – that would see them pay higher fees to awarding organisations if student numbers on the flagship qualifications were lower than expected.

The so-called “adaptive pricing” mechanism will be written into generation two T Level awarding body contracts, which are currently out to tender and come into force in 2025.

The move is part of attempts from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education to make T Levels more “commercially attractive” for prospective awarding organisations.

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