Every T-level includes a 45-day industry placement
T-level industry placements take place over 45 days (roughly nine weeks) and offer a longer, more structured placement to traditional work experience. The placements account for 20% of students’ learning time, with the remaining 80% spent in the classroom.
Each T-level, including the industry placement element, has been designed with employers to make sure young people finish their qualification with both the knowledge and skills they need to work in their chosen sector, whether they want to start work immediately or continue studying.
Industry placements are a chance for young people to put the theory they’ve learned in the classroom into practice, and to start building the skills they’ll need for their future career. Over the course of the placement they’ll try their hands at various roles in the business they’re placed into, learn how a modern workplace functions, build experience relevant to their chosen route and network with people within that sector.
We invited parents to experience a day of their teen’s course and see for themselves how well the placement prepares young people for the world of work.
“I encourage parents to look into T-levels because it’s a good pathway. Amaris won’t look back because I know she’s really going to excel.”
Construction T-level Student
“I’m working with a company called ISG, which is a global construction company, and every week I’ll be shadowing a role in the business ”
“T-levels generally are a fantastic opportunity for young people. They’re more than just an education, they get to go into the business world and see what it’s like to have real life work opportunities”
Digital T-level Student
“I enjoy the work placement because it provides me with inside knowledge on what a business is actually like and how I can develop that knowledge to progress”
The industry placement is a key part of every T-level, making up 20% of the qualification and lasting 45 days. Taking place in a real working environment, industry placements give students the opportunity to put the knowledge they’ve learned from the classroom into action. They provide in-depth, realistic, hands-on experience which prepares students for the real world of work.
This depends on the route your child has chosen. For instance, Business and Administration students might prepare reports from HR and finance data, while Engineering and Manufacturing students might evaluate engineering designs or dismantle electrical systems.
Tasks are varied, designed to develop practical skills and can be challenging. Students are always provided with the information they need and are supervised closely so they aren’t working alone.
Industry placements allow teenagers to experience a real working environment for themselves. Along with the sector and subject-specific knoweldge they learn through the T-level course, they’ll also gain valuable basic skills needed for the world of work; from timekeeping and organisation to teamwork.
They will also need to write cover letters, submit CVs and go through an interview process, all of which give T-level students an advantage when it comes to their employment prospects, helping them stand out against their peers in a competitive job market.
Employers are not required to pay students for placement work so typically young people won’t get paid for the placement. Some employers may choose to pay a basic wage or cover travel costs but this is at their discretion.
Yes. Placements take place alongside classroom study but on separate days, so students can be fully immersed in both experiences and get the most out of both aspects of the qualification.
Placements are matched with the support of your teenager’s school or college and most students are usually very happy with their chosen employer. Of course, this isn’t always the case and if the match isn’t working, the school or college can look at alternative options with your teenager to ensure they get as much out of their placement as possible.
Hopefully! Students usually choose their subject based on their interests or wish to pursue a career in that sector. The placements give students a unique insight and feel for employment in that industry, equipping them with the knowledge they need to make career decisions that are right for them.
If they ultimately decide to go into a different sector, they will have developed relevant and transferrable skills during their placement, whatever their future career.
It depends on the subject your child chooses. All placements are with government-approved employers who can be household names and national employers like Lloyds Banking Group, Siemens and the NHS, or specialist organisations like ISG.
Employers that have partnered with your teenager’s school or college will have a presence near you and play an important part in your local economy.
Schools and colleges work very closely with your child to find the right placement. When employers enrol in the progamme, they share information about the roles and responsibilities of the placement, as well as the type of candidate they’re looking for. Schools and colleges will then work to match up these requirements with suitable students based on skillsets and needs.
Just like applying for a job, students will need to write a cover letter, submit their CVs and go through an interview process with the employer.