Jennifer Coupland, Director Technical Education, DfE

Jennifer Coupland, Director Technical Education, DfE


Implementing T level reforms – The SRO’s Perspective 

Jennifer will talk about all aspects of the T level programme, qualification development; reforming the market and the Invitation to Tender process for the first T level licences. She will also cover how the Government plans to support delivery of the first waves of T levels and grow the programme over time, developing the workforce; growing Industrial Placements; and raising awareness amongst employers, students and parents.

Key points: 

  1. T Levels are Government’s top priority education programme designed to improve productivity and social mobility

  2. The programme is on track for first teaching in 2020 and considerable support is going into making it a success. 

Jennifer Coupland took up post as DfE’s Director of Professional & Technical Education in October 2016. Her previous role was Acting Chief Executive of the Standards and Testing Agency where she oversaw the Agency’s work on primary school assessment policy and operational delivery, covering the maternity leave of the current Chief Executive.

Prior to that Jennifer spent three years as the Deputy Director of the joint DfE/BIS Apprenticeships Unit where she was responsible for apprenticeship reform including creating new apprenticeship trailblazers, degree apprenticeships and the public sector apprenticeship duty. Before this, Jennifer was the Deputy Director in the Department for Education responsible for the early stages of Traineeships development as well as Raising the Participation Age, careers and NEET policy.

Jennifer began her career in the Employment Service where she ran a benefit section in a local office and delivered a range of programmes to support long term unemployed people into work. Since moving to central Government Jennifer has worked on a number of policy areas including: benefits, schools and post-16 education. Jennifer is married to Dan, who runs his own small business, and together they have three daughters.