Education dept unveils measures to help T Level industry placements

T Level launchImage: Education Secretary unveils new package of measures ahead of roll out of T Level launch in September 2020. Photo: courtesy of Crown copyright.

The UK Department for Education (DfE) has disclosed a new package of measures to help employers in offering T Level industry placements for young people.

According to Education Secretary Damian Hinds, industry placement is an important part of the T Level qualification that helps the youth with an opportunity to get vital hands-on workplace experience in their selected profession.

The department claimed that major companies such as Fujitsu, GlaxoSmithKline and over 200 businesses are already supporting the government’s reforms in this regard. The businesses are working with the government in designing the new T Level course content to offer youth the skills valued by the industry.

Students through the T Level course will be able to complete a good industry placement of nearly 45 days which will allow them to develop both knowledge and skills required to strive in a workplace environment.

Employers are expected to provide the placements in readiness for the T Level launch in September 2020, said the Department for Education.

Hinds said: “The completion of a high-quality industry placement will be at the heart of every T Level and is part of what will set these new courses apart from every attempt to reform technical and vocational education in the past 70 years.

“To make a success of T Levels, we need businesses working in partnership with us and colleges. Industry placements will help young people build the confidence and skills they need to get a head start in their careers and they’ll help businesses maximise their talent pipeline for the future.”

From September 2020, the first three T Levels for digital, education and construction will be taught first to the young participants. The following year, seven more subjects will be covered, of which three will be in health and science, while an additional 15 will be introduced from 2022 onwards covering legal, engineering and manufacturing, financial and accounting, and creative and design, among others.

British Chambers of Commerce people policy head Jane Gratton said: “Business has long called for a high-quality vocational alternative to the A Levels to ensure young people are work-ready and have greater technical skills and knowledge when they join the workforce.

“T level industry placements are crucial to developing these enhanced skills, and the greater support and flexibility will enable firms of all sizes to open their doors to young people, introduce them to the exciting careers on offer in the local area, and identify a great pipeline of future talent.”

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