T-levels and industry placements

Industry placements are a new government initiative which is piloting this academic year. They are part of a bigger programme called T-levels, which is set to launch nationwide in 2020.

The aim of the placements is to provide 16-19 year olds taking a technical course with real-life industry experience, to develop their knowledge and skills within their chosen field.

Initially, T-levels will launch across three different curriculum areas in 2020:

  • Digital
  • Construction
  • Education and Childcare

By 2023 there are plans for 23 different T-level pathways.


What are T-levels?

T-levels are two-year technical programmes. They are substantial Level 3 courses, with funding for over 900 hours per year (equivalent to studying three A-levels).

The programme is made up of a range of components, including concepts and theories, employability skills, numeracy, literacy and digital skills and occupational specialisms.

As part of the full programme of study, learners will also complete a minimum of 315 hours (approx. 45 days) in an occupationally specific industry placement, focussed on developing practical and technical skills. The placement should be with an external employer in a real life working environment.


Information for students

At 16, you will have the choice of three pathways: A-level, T-level or apprenticeship. If you choose a technical route, you will then need to decide if you want a college-based programme (T-levels) or work-based (apprenticeships).

If you choose T-levels you will complete a substantial industry placement. Successful completion of a T-level will provide you with the knowledge, skills and behaviour necessary to start skilled employment or progress to higher levels of study, including apprenticeships and a wide range of degree programmes.

To find out more, please contact:

Emily Willoughby - Industry Placement Coordinator: industryplacements@petroc.ac.uk


Information for employers

T-levels are based on employer-designed standards, which will prepare students for highly skilled jobs or higher technical study. These are the same standards as apprenticeships.

As part of a T-level programme, students will need to complete an industry placement. These students will arrive work ready and will be expected to complete 45 days of work experience covering 315 hours (consisting of 7-7.5 hours per day). Industry placement can be completed throughout the academic year and we would work closely with you to arrange a structure to meet your industry’s needs.

We recognise the vital role employers play in developing the workforce and delivering outstanding practice. Collaborating through industry placement will provide the correct calibre of students to enhance any workforce.

If you are interested in supporting industry placements and upskilling of the workforce, please get in contact.

Emily Willoughby - Industry Placement Coordinator - industryplacements@petroc.ac.uk




What are T-levels?
What are T-levels?
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