Employers T-Levels

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T-Levels are a new qualification developed in collaboration with employers.
An industry placement is at the heart of each T-Level course:
You will have early access to the brightest talent that will shape the future of your industry.

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What is a T-Level?

An industry placement is part of a T-Level course – a new qualification for 16-19-year olds that have been designed by employers.

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

Industry placements are a shift from traditional work experience to a longer, more structured placement in the workplace for young people to develop real work skills and make a meaningful contribution to your organisation. Placements will last at least 315 hours (approx. 45 days).

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Who can offer industry Placements?

If you are an employer in England, you can offer an industry placement to a T-Level student.

Industry placements must take place in a work environment, so it’s a good idea to offer placements if your business is close to the College.

Before you offer a placement, you should make sure you’re happy with your responsibilities as an employer. To find out more about this please email workplacements@macclesfield.ac.uk.

Frequently asked questions
How much does it 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.

What skills do T-Level students have?

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.
You can offer a placement to any T-Level student if you think it will be a meaningful placement. For example, your organisation does not have to have a digital focus to offer a Digital and IT student an industry placement.
If you would like to learn more about this please email your queries workplacements@macclesfield.ac.uk.

Why should I offer industry placements?

Industry placements give you a chance to work alongside the next generation of workers entering your industry, making sure they develop the knowledge, attitude and practical skills to succeed.
They give you:

  • Fresh ideas and input from the next generation
  • A talent pipeline for the future
  • A way for you to fill skills gaps
  • A chance for staff to develop supervisory and mentoring skills
  • An opportunity to build a more diverse workforce
  • An enhanced reputation in your community
How do I offer an industry placement?

If you’re interested in offering an industry placement, your first step is to get in touch.

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