13 Sep 2021
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.
Plan your placement
Before you take on a student as an employer you should be confident in the placement you are providing. You should work collaboratively with the course provider and develop learning objectives and a schedule for the placement. It is important that what is expected of students is made clear as well as the type of activities they will be doing.
Ensure that the correct safeguarding processes are in place and ready for the arrival of new student/s
You must also comply with health and safety legislation and maintain up-to-date employer’s liability and public liability insurance to cover students and any potential loss or liability caused by or to the students in relation to the placement.
Consider the above before taking on a T Level student for their placement.
Liaise with the course provider and make sure you adhere to the guidelines set out and make every effort to provide a meaningful placement experience for students. This collaboration is the foundation for a successful placement.
Inclusivity is key
Be prepared to make the reasonable adjustments required by students with SEND and keep these under review during the placement. Everyone should have the opportunity where possible to learn without being held back by their needs.
Choose a line manager and mentor
Identify an appropriate staff member to manage and supervise students while on placement. This should ideally be someone who has experience in training others within the specialist area. Also consider the students needs as a new learner and the pastoral support which they may require.
Get to know your students!
The most important task of all is to get to know your T Level students. Invite your new students to the workplace or give them a virtual tour / induction so that they get an idea of where they will be working. It would also be a good idea to invite them to meet the team they will be working with to help them form working relationships with ease.
Make sure you consider the above before you welcome students to start their placement within your workplace. We will be guiding you through the various aspects you need to think about as an employer. Make sure you tune in to our next blog post to find out more about what to consider during your students T level industry placement!
Read Blog 2 to find the during placement checklist here