Richmondshire District Council

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.


Where do I find out more? 

For more information about placements, call 08000 150 600 or email: TLevel.PLacement@education.gov.uk .To find out more about T Levels, visit GOV.UK

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