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T Levels

T Levels are a new qualification for students aged 16 to 19 who’ve finished GCSEs. They are the biggest reform to vocational training in a generation, giving young people the skills, knowledge, and attitude to excel in their careers.

Designed by Employers for Employers

Employers have told us that you face a skills shortage that could impact the future success of your businesses. In response, the government has worked alongside more than 220 employers to design T Level courses that deliver the skills your organisations need.

These employers span a range of industries, and include household names, such as Fujitsu, Skanska and GlaxoSmithKline, as well as many smaller employers.

T Levels are part of the government’s plan to simplify vocational education and create a system that you can trust and understand. They provide a clear and high-quality, technical alternative to the current range of post-16 education and training options.

Introducing Industry Placements

Every T Level student completes an industry placement that lasts a minimum of 315 hours (approximately 45 days).

Industry placements give you a unique opportunity to help develop new talent and get young people work ready. They also bring many business benefits;

Benefits to Employers
• Attract motivated young people to your business, bringing in imaginative and new ideas
• Improve the recruitment pipeline for your business
• Address local and national skills gaps by helping young people develop the skills your
industry needs
• Develop existing staff’s mentoring and management skills
• Build a more diverse and creative workforce
• Play an important role in the local community
• Build partnerships with local training and education providers
• Save recruitment costs by providing the opportunity to see what the young person can
offer, on a no obligation employment basis

(GOV.UK, 2021)

T Levels Employers Guide