T Levels are a new qualification for students aged 16 to 19 in England who have finished their GCSEs.

Each T Level is equivalent to 3 A levels and helps young people develop the knowledge, attitude and practical skills to thrive in the workplace.

T Level students spend 80% of the course in the classroom, learning the essential skills that your employees need. The other 20% is a meaningful industry placement, where they put these skills into action.

Offering a T Level placement gives you early access to the brightest young people entering the market and the opportunity to develop your workforce of the future.

Employer cost

T Level industry placements are a free government scheme – you don’t need to pay to take on a T Level student for a placement.

There may be certain business costs, like time invested in planning, training and supervising, and you can choose to pay the student if you wish.

Benefits of T Levels: industry placements

T Levels can support employers by offering early access to a talent pipeline for entry-level positions, can help with recruitment, improve innovation and increase an organisation’s productivity.

By September 2023, there will be more than 20 T Level courses, covering 11 skill areas.

Within each course, students develop an understanding of a broad range of issues relevant to the sector, as well as topics specific to the course and an occupational specialism.

Accelerated Apprenticeships

This scheme can lead to an Accelerated Apprenticeship, which could offer benefits to both the apprentice and the employer.

Apprentices who have some prior knowledge or skills before starting their apprenticeship can have this recognised as prior learning.

This means the apprentice should be able to complete their programme quicker, as training they are already experienced in, can be removed from their training plan, and doesn’t need to be repeated.

This allows employees to complete the scheme in less time and cost to the employer.

Those likely to be able to accelerate their apprenticeships include existing employees using apprenticeships to upskill into more senior roles, and those who have completed another related qualification, for example a T-Level or Skills Bootcamp.

T Levels in Engineering and Manufacturing

As of September 2022 the following T Levels are now available:

•            Design and Development for Engineering and Manufacturing

•            Engineering, Manufacturing, Processing and Control

•            Maintenance, Installation and Repair for Engineering and Manufacturing

A full list of T Level subjects can be found here

The Gov.uk website contains comprehensive details on T Levels including how to find a Training Provider in your area, alternatively please contact Danny Reed [email protected] 07926 581669

Do you already support a T Level Placement?

Does your company already support a T Level Placement? The MTA are working with the DFE to promote T Levels to industry. We want to hear about your experiences good or bad. T Levels are the future of education and industry support is needed to shape them to be an effective route to an apprenticeship. The MTA would also like to promote the work you are doing through our Social Media channels. Please contact Danny Reed [email protected] 07926 581669

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