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Employers Meet the Workforce of the Future

T Levels are gold standard two-year qualifications for 16 to 19 year olds. Designed with employers, each T Level helps young people to further develop the practical skills to thrive in the workplace and excel in their careers.

At the heart of each T Level is a 315-hour (approximately 45 days) industry placement, giving you access to a pool of young talent already equipped and prepared for the world of work, following 12 months of intense sector-specific College training.

Designed by Employers for Employers

Employers have highlighted the fact that they face a skills shortage that could impact the future success of their businesses. In response, the government worked alongside 250+ employers to design T Levels, courses that deliver the skills your organisation needs.

Introducing Industry Placements

Every T Level student completes an industry placement that lasts a minimum of 315 hours (approximately 45 days),giving you an opportunity to help develop new talent and get young people work ready. You can download an Employers Guide to T Levels and Industry Placements in the following areas below:

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  • Frequently Asked Questions

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    What are the costs of an industry placement?

    An industry placement is an efficient way to bring in new talent and develop the skills you need as an employer. Apart from the financial cost of managing a student, industry placements should cost you very little. There is no legal requirement or expectation that students will be paid, as it is part of a course. However, you can pay students if you wish.

    How much work is involved?

    Ƶ will support you and stay in touch regularly in the delivery of your industry placement, ensuring that everything is working well for you and the young person.

    You will have access to tutors, whowill work with the student daily to help them learn specific tasks and activities in ways they can understand and implement in the workplace. They will regularly check in with the learner, tracking their performance and progress. This includes carrying out mid and end-point reviews

    What is the time commitment?

    An industry placement lasts for a minimum of 315 hours, which is approximately 45 days.

    Designed to be flexible, placements might be delivered as blocks of days or regular days each week, depending on the learning plan for the course. You can even choose to split a placement with another employer to reduce the time even further.

    Is there any financial support?

    The College may be able to help with upfront costs, such as providing protective gear, DBS checks, specialist equipment etc. You should discuss this when you enquire as funding may be available.

    What are my responsibilities?

    Provide an industry placement for a minimum of 315 hours, or 45 days, for students on a course directly relevant to your industry

    Set relevant learning objectives in partnership with the College Curriculum and the student. These need to be occupationally specific to your industry and you will be expected to set quality tasks that enable the student to work towards those objectives.

    Provide a safe working environment for the student

    Ensure a line manager is present to support, supervise and mentor the student, and who will have regular contact with the College to discuss their progress

    • Assist with the monitoring of performance and progression of the learner on placement

    Provide formal feedback on the student’s progress against their learning objectives at the end of the placement

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  • Industry Placements Explained

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    Industry placements are a 315-hour (approximately 45 days) placement with an employer.

    Following 12 months of intense sector-specific College training, T Level students are work ready with the skills and knowledge to confidently integrate into your business.

    Because of strict entry requirements and the student selection process of T Levels, industry placement students are capable of 'hitting the ground running' in your business, often bringing a fresh perspective to the workplace.

    We currently offer T Levels in the areas below. If you're interested, click here.

    • Accounting
    • Barbering
    • Beauty Therapy
    • Business Management& Administration
    • Building Services Engineering for Construction
    • Construction: Design, Surveying & Planning
    • Craft Design
    • Digital Business Services
    • Digital Production, Design & Development
    • Digital Support Services
    • Education & Childcare
    • Engineering & Manufacturing: Electrical/Electronic Pathway or Vehicle Pathway
    • Finance
    • Hairdressing
    • Healthcare
    • Laboratory Science
    • Legal Services
    • Media Broadcast & Production
    • Professional Catering
  • Work Experience Explained

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    Work experience is a 30-hour placement with an employer.

    It can have a hugely positive impact on young people’s employability, giving themthe opportunity to participate in the world of work; gain valuable practical experience; andplaying a significant role in reducing youth unemployment.

    Ƶ students are assessed before being placed with an employer, ensuring that they are of a suitable standard. All young people are usually work ready and studying on a relevant Level 2 or Level 3 course.

    We can match you to a suitable work experience student with skills in one of the areas below. If you're interested, click here.

    • Art, Design & Digital Media
    • Beauty Therapy
    • Barbering
    • Business & Professional Services
    • Computing, Digital & IT
    • Construction (various sectors)
    • Early Years, Childcare & Education
    • Engineering
    • Event, Hospitality & Catering Management
    • Hairdressing & Make-up
    • Health & Social Care
    • Motor Vehicle
    • Performing Arts
    • Uniformed Public Services
    • Sport, Fitness & Wellbeing
    • Travel & Tourism
    • The Sciences (including Forensics)
  • Business Benefits of Industry Placements

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    Industry placements will help your organisation to:

    •Find solutions for entry-level skills shortages

    •Develop future talent

    •Capitalise on new ideas and a fresh perspective

    Industry placements give you early sight of the new talent coming into your industry. They can help you with recruitment, improve innovation, and increase your organisation's productivity. They also have important social benefits.

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  • Smarter Recruitment

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    A solution for entry-level jobs

    Industry placements are an ideal solution for entry-level skills. They can help you build a pipeline of talent for junior positions or Apprenticeships.

    Cost-effective channel for recruitment

    You can avoid many of the costs associated with recruitment by working with us to connect with young people who are deciding on their careers, plus you'll receive a £1,000 employer incentive payment!

    Develop young people into your industry

    Placements give you a chance to work alongside the next generation of workers entering your industry, making sure they develop the knowledge, attitude and practical skills to succeed.

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  • Support for Your Staff

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    Better management and mentoring skills

    Placements create opportunities for staff to act as buddies, coaches or line managers to students. This helps existing staff gain management and mentorship skills, both of which are known to increase job satisfaction.

    A fresh perspective

    For smaller employers, young people can be an invaluable source of new and interesting ideas that can change the way you think about doing business.

    Extra help with projects

    In an environment where staff are doing multiple roles and struggling to meet difficult deadlines, an industry placement student could help support a key piece of work.

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  • Support Your Local Community

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    Improved diversity

    Industry placements create opportunities for a diverse range of 16 to 19 year olds. Diversity helps your organisation understand customers better, creates better performing teams and increases innovation and creativity.

    Offer opportunities for employers and create a shared social value in your community

    Traditionally, organisations have supported social causes by making charitable donations. Industry placements are different in that they help create ‘shared value’. They’re a way of giving back, benefiting the young people in your community as well as your business.

    Enhanced brand image and profile

    A commitment to industry placements raises your organisation’s profile, locally and nationally, especially as T Levels gain more public exposure with your customers and clients.

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