Last Updated: 22nd July 2019

More support to help employers offer T Level industry placements

We were pleased to hear the Department for Education’s announcement of a new package designed to support industry placements and encourage more businesses to offer T Levels. This follows an extensive pilot and consultation with industry bodies, employers, education providers and students.

T Levels are a key part of the Government’s plans to improve technical and vocational education. T Levels are new 2-year, post-GCSE courses being rolled out from September 2020. Designed in collaboration with business, they aim to provide a pipeline of young people with relevant skills and knowledge to help businesses thrive.

A key part of each T Level is the industry placement, where a student spends at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days) applying the skills and knowledge they learnt in the classroom in a real workplace. Although T Levels are not starting for 18 months, the Government is keen for businesses to start offering placements now, linked to existing courses, in readiness for the rollout of T Levels.

This new package recognises that the ‘one size fits all’ approach does not work and that there are costs associated with them so allows more flexibility in the way that industry placements take place and a £7 million employer support fund pilot. We welcome these announcements and look forward to seeing more of the detail as it emerges.

To find out more about the announcement, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/more-support-to-help-employers-offer-t-level-industry-placements

For more information about industry placements and how to get involved visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/industry-placements or contact the National Apprenticeship Service on 08000 150 600 or email tlevel.placement@education.gov.uk.