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.
Welcome your new learners!
Ensure that students are given an adequate welcome to the workplace as well as an induction. To ensure the success of the placement it is important that students are familiar with their surroundings and understand the ‘dos and don’ts’ of the workplace in regards to safety and behaviour.
Set out goals and progress reviews
Make sure your students know what their learning objectives and overall goals are for placement. Set up regular meetings to discuss progress and ensure students’ needs are being met.
Collaborate with course providers
Remember to stay in contact with the course provider and discuss students’ progress.
Make sure students are engaged in their placement!
Set students appropriate and stretching tasks so that they are kept engaged and are able to progress. Projects should help improve skills and the student employability for the future. Stay connected with the original learning goals and tune in to each student and what they are capable of achieving.
Encourage students to fill out their log-books every week. Taking time to reflect on their new skills and what they have learnt every week will help them with their confidence and overall performance.
All students should fill out timesheets to ensure that they complete the required hours for the T level placement. If students fall behind or are absent, this should be discussed in progress meetings or raised with the course provider.
Above all else you must comply with the legal duties in the Equality Act 2010.
It is important to consider the above and as an employer to ensure that the students placement period is as successful as it can be. Next week our blog will focus on your commitments at the end of a work placement and how to guide your students through the next steps to their future careers. View Blog 3, our post placement checklist here.
For more guidance download our T Level Employer FAQ document.