T-Level Industry Placements â€“ Core Principles
An industry placement will be an essential part of a T Level and full certification of the T Level will not be possible without completing an industry placement. Students will spend meaningful time with an employer applying, developing and honing the technical skills and knowledge they have learnt in the classroom, in a real working environment. Industry placements are substantially longer than traditional work experience and therefore should bring significant benefits to all involved.
Industry placements are likely to take place during the second year of a student’s T Level, although providers may choose to start these earlier at their discretion. However, students must be fully prepared and have a good grasp of essential workplace behaviours before they start their placement. A placement should occur after the student has chosen their specialism to ensure the placement gives them sufficient opportunity to hone relevant technical skills and that the employer is able to benefit from their time with them.