T levels Qualifications
What are T levels?
T Levels are new courses coming in September 2020, which will follow GCSEs and will be equivalent to 3 A Levels. These 2-year courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work.
T Levels will offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days). They will provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door into skilled employment, further study or a higher apprenticeship.
What are Industry Placements?
Industry placements give students an opportunity to develop their practical and technical skills in a role directly relevant to their vocational course.
They also give employers the chance to ensure that young people are developing the skills and experience that industry needs.
Industry placements can vary in length but must last for a minimum of 315 hours, not including lunch breaks. We expect most placements will last an average of 350 hours. As an employer you can offer industry placements as a block, series of blocks, day release or a mix of these, depending on what works best for you, the training provider and the student.
If you are not able to offer the full 315 hours, you can speak to your education and training provider about sharing part of the placement with another employer. If a placement is across 2 employers, you should share the student’s learning objectives with both to ensure the opportunities offered by each of the employers are complementary and form a cohesive placement.
Industry placements will make up 20% of the course, with the student spending 80% of their time in the classroom.
SIATE are collaborating with Government and key stakeholders to ensure we can offer T level students a robust and comprehensive industry placement within our sector.