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T Levels – industry placements

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T levels were launched in 2020 to strengthen the technical education system in England. Over 250 employers took part in putting the qualifications together to give young people the knowledge and skills that employers look for.

They have been designed by employers to help young people develop the knowledge, attitude and practice skills to thrive in the workplace.

What are T Levels?

  • Level 3 technical vocational qualifications designed by employers for students aged 16-19 in England.
  • Broadly equivalent to 3 A levels with the same UCAS points, graded as pass, merit or distinction.
  • Designed to help young people develop the knowledge, attitude and practical skills to thrive in the workplace.
  • Combination of theoretical knowledge with experience in the real world of work.
  • Students spend 80% classroom work and 20% structured industry placement.
  • Available in a range of subject areas including Business and Administration, Digital, Engineering and Manufacturing, Legal, Finance and Accounting, Health and Science, Early Years with more subjects on their way.
  • Accessible via local colleges and schools.

Industry areas

Courses cover skills areas including engineering, construction, digital and IT, management and administration, legal, finance and accounting.

Typical duration

Industry placements need to be 315 hours minimum – approximately 45 days.

Industry placements can be completed as regular days, blocks or a mixture of both. Employers are able to share placements.


T level industry placements area a free government scheme. There may be business costs like investment in planning, training and supervising and you can choose to pay students.

There could be some funding available to help employers with the additional costs of hosting a student starting a placement between 1 April 2023 and 31 March 2024. The Employer Support Fund is managed by the T Level provider who may choose to use it with employers that are not otherwise able to offer a placement.

The fund should be discussed with the provider prior to a placement taking place. Claims can only be made for eligible costs that have actually been incurred and details must be provided in a declaration form. The fund must not be used to pay students a salary or wage.

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