We have been following the development of T Levels and industry placements and were pleased to hear the Department for Education’s latest announcement of a new package designed to support industry placements and encourage more businesses to get involved.

This follows an extensive pilot and consultation with us, other industry bodies, employers, education providers and students.

Rollout

In case you’re a bit unsure about T Levels and industry placements, here’s a quick reminder.
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 around 350 hours – 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.

Flexibility

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. We welcome these announcements and look forward to seeing more of the detail as it emerges.

While there are undoubtedly challenges involved in hosting an industry placement for the first time, many employers are very positive about the opportunities these longer placements offer including spotting and nurturing young talent, identifying potential entry-level employees or apprentices and uncovering fresh ideas. Unlike a traditional two-week work experience, students on industry placement are expectedto do ‘real’ work and add value to the organisation they work with. They also allow students to really understand the world of work so they enter the workplace knowing what to expect, what is expected of them and with skills they have already applied.

Get Involved

If you are an employer and would like to benefit from offering an industry placement, please email our Industry Placement Team on workplacement@iwcollege.ac.uk or alternatively phone us on 01983 550660 or 01983 550697.

Employers

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

Further Information

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


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