Science Industry Partnership

24 May 2019

More support to help employers offer T Level industry placements

The Department for Education (DfE) has published an update on its planning for T Level industry placements, based on feedback and trialling to date. It includes a new package of measures to support employers to provide this important element of T levels.

It had already been announced that within the two-year, classroom-based delivery of a T Level, each student will be required to undertake a meaningful work-based placement designed to support their learning and allow them to experience life within a real workplace.

The update addresses some of the issues that science sector employers have raised during government consultations late last year, and through follow up discussions since then with IfA officials, including at the SIP Process Industries (SIPPI) and SIP NE meetings.

Key aspects of the update include:

             Confirmation that a student’s placement can be split between two employers if appropriate

             An industry placement can be carried out as day release, in one solid block, multiple smaller blocks, or a mixture of any of these models, depending on what works for the employer, student and provider.

             The addition of short “taster” placements for specialist areas (up to 35 hours which count towards overall placement hours)

             The potential to use skills hubs or employer training centres for part of a placement, to improve readiness for access to a live site for Construction or Engineering & Manufacturing T levels

             £7m Employer Support Fund to pilot financial support for employers’ costs of participation such as personal protective equipment, software licenses etc, as well as training costs for line managers or the student and the costs of setting up systems in advance of the placement

             Employer Support Package of advice and information which is likely to include both general and industry-specific guidance and tools, face to face workshops, presentations and webinars

             A requirement that the placement be a minimum of 315 hours, typically on average 350 hours in length (equivalent to approx. 9 - 10 weeks of full-time work)

             The incorporation of part-time job hours provided the job is occupationally relevant and learning objectives are being worked towards

             The intention to create a Quality Assurance Framework for industry placements

SIP is now looking at how the science sector can be used to pilot approaches based on these announcements and continuing to provide feedback on other aspects of T Level placement policy and the roll out of T levels.

The link to the press release is at: