The Department for Education is launching a new T Level qualification in September 2020 and local businesses are encouraged to get involved.
What are T Levels?
T Levels are new courses starting in September 2020, which will follow GCSEs and will be equivalent to three A Levels. T Levels will combine classroom theory, practical learning and a three month industry placement to make sure students have real experience of the workplace. The two year T Level courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content will meet the needs of industry and prepare students for work. T Levels will provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door to highly skilled employment, higher level study, or a higher apprenticeship.
How can my business get involved?
Employers of all sizes across the country will have the opportunity to provide a three month industry placement as part of the T Level. These can be undertaken as a block, or as individual days, depending on the model which works best for the employer, young person, and school or college. Placements will offer several benefits to your business:
- Extra resources for day-to-day projects
- Build the capacity of your business and grow the skills you need
- Upskilling of existing staff through coaching and mentoring
- Bringing in imaginative and new ideas
- A cost-effective recruitment pipeline for entry-level jobs
- A diverse and creative workforce
- An opportunity to provide a positive experience for a young person
What support will be available?
If you can offer a placement, you will be supported by a local learning provider, such as a school, college or independent training provider, at every stage of the process. This will include assistance with the necessary paperwork, a careful planning process and support with designing the placement. You will also have a named contact for any questions you may have throughout the placement.
You should quickly notice tangible benefits of having a student on a longer placement with the skills and knowledge relevant to your industry. Students will come prepared and will have already undertaken substantial classroom-based training in their chosen T Level subject.