Industry Placements and T Levels

Get involved with industry placements

Industry placements are part of the government’s reforms to technical education aimed at boosting productivity and giving young people the skills your business needs.

Industry placements give young people studying a technical course practical experience directly related to their course, helping to prepare them for the world of work. Employers play a key role in creating these opportunities for young people at the start of their careers. Placements help develop technical and employability skills and build confidence.

The Department for Education recognises that industry placements are new and a big adjustment for employers. Therefore, it is very important that as many employers as possible across all industries start working with local providers now to plan and deliver T Level-style placements so that the introduction of T Level courses from September 2020 onward goes smoothly.

By offering a placement, you could help young people develop technical and employability skills relevant to your business. Placements last for a minimum of 315 hours (roughly 45 days) and might be delivered as blocks or regular days each week, depending on the learning plan for the course.

Benefits of industry placements

  • Developing a cost-effective recruitment pipeline of talent for entry-level jobs
  • Building the skills and capacity of your business
  • Extra resources for day-to-day projects, bringing in imaginative, new ideas
  • Gives your existing staff the opportunity to upskill in coaching and mentoring young people
  • Helps develop a more diverse and creative workforce
  • An opportunity to provide a positive experience for a young person

What are T levels ?

T Levels are new technical study courses coming in 2020, which will follow GCSEs and be equivalent to three A Levels.

T levels will combine classroom theory, practical learning and a minimum of 315 hours (roughly 45 days) industry placement  to make sure students have real experience of the workplace.

The 2 year T level courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content will meet the needs of industry and prepare students for work.

Colleges and learning providers are already working with businesses to begin delivering industry placements from this year onwards.

The first T Levels in ConstructionDigital, and Education & Childcare will be offered in September 2020 by selected colleges here in the South West. More subjects will be offered in the years that follow.

What support will be available ?

If you can offer a placement, you will be supported by a local learning provider, such as a school, college or independent training provider at every stage of the process.

This will include assistance with the necessary paperwork, a careful planning process and support with designing the placement.

The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) provides advice on T Level industry placements to employers. They can also match employers with local training providers who are currently offering industry placements. You can contact them on 08000 150 600 or email

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