£1,000 Employer Incentive for T Level Industry Placements

T Levels are a new, two-year Level 3 qualification for 16- to 19-year-olds. Designed with employers, each T Level is equivalent to 3 A Levels and helps young people develop the knowledge, attitude and practical skills to progress into skilled employment, an apprenticeship or further study.

T Levels uniquely combine classroom study with industry placements, generating the skilled workforce that businesses need for the future. They are more substantial than most technical qualifications, with longer teaching times and more occupationally-focused skills and knowledge that have been set by employers as essential for employment.

By creating a placement you will not only support your own businesses’ future skills need, but provide an essential opportunity to help a student apply and develop the skills and knowledge that they have learnt in the classroom, helping them to become ‘work-ready’.

Employers can now claim £1,000 for every T Level student they host on a high-quality industry placement, as part of a new incentive scheme. The T Level employer incentive fund recognises the impact of the pandemic on many businesses. It has been designed to help cover financial constraints employers may face as a barrier to hosting placements in the short term.

Employers will be able to claim £1,000 for up to 20 students they host on a 45 day (315 hour) industry placement, from now until July 2022. The incentive offers businesses an excellent opportunity to tap into the emerging talent pipeline, whilst supporting the skilled workforce of the future.

You will get support organising the student selection process, arranging the review meetings, guiding you through the relevant paperwork and advising on reasonable adjustments. You will also get help complying with health and safety guidelines prior to, and during, the placement. You are under no obligation to pay students but can choose to do so if you wish. This is because T Level industry placements are about providing students with high quality, meaningful training, not work.

Students will be suitably prepared for the workplace by undergoing appropriate work preparation training as part of their course prior to starting their placements. All students will bring a good level of technical knowledge and skills they have learnt in the classroom, to apply in the workplace. For some students, this will be their first experience of being in the workplace, so as a minimum, providers will make sure they have the right work ethic and a good understanding of the professional behaviours that employers expect in the workplace.

Those interested in accessing the incentive payments and offering T Level industry placements should contact: 08000 150 600 (choose option 4) or fill out an industry placement contact form online.

The new Employer Guide provides more information to help businesses understand how to host an industry placement. This includes details on what is expected of employers during the placement.

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