Science Industry Partnership

13 Sep 2021

Blog 3- The T Level Industry Placement: What do I need to know as an employer?

An employer guide ahead of the launch of the new Science T Level this September.

T Levels are a new 2-year full time course being introduced throughout the country. The course is a blend of classroom delivery and on-the-job experience. Each T level require a minimum of 315 hours of industry placement. Providers will be starting to reach out to industry to get commitment for the placements of students enrolling onto T Levels this academic year.

As T levels are brand new, it is important as an employer that you consider your responsibilities before you prepare to take on a student for their placement. Over the next few weeks we will be releasing information on what you should be considering and must prepare for as the placement host before, during and after the placement.

Post-Placement Check List

Book a final review meeting with your learner

Throughout the work placement your learner should have had regular review meetings with their line manager or mentor. At the end of the placement, students should be given a chance to review their work and progress in a final meeting with their line manager/ supervisor. Learning objectives should be revisited and checked off.

Complete an appraisal

Provide an appraisal of the student’s progress and achievements throughout the placement. This could highlight the student’s performance and successes.

Sign off!

The employer should sign the industry placement completion declaration in the student logbooks to confirm students have met the completion criteria.

Feedback to course provider

After taking on the T Level student, the employers should feedback to the course providers on how they found their overall experience accommodating the work placement. As T Levels are new, many providers will be eager for any pointers on what worked well or what can be improved when collaborating in the future.

Offer of Employment

If the work placement is successful and you choose to keep on your learners as fulltime employees then you must consider allowing them to finish all their components of their T Level so that they are not disadvantaged in their long-term education.


As employers and course providers familiarise themselves with the new T Levels starting in September, there is support available via the government website. Support available includes delivery guidance, examples of learning objectives and delivery plans as well as a full employer guide.

For more support and guidance please visit the official T Levels website

Good luck to all starting their T level journey this academic year!