Technical Levels (T Levels)
The government plans to have three separate routes within further education consisting of A-Levels, T-Levels and
apprenticeships. T-Levels will be introduced from 2020, and will be rolled out within a chosen number of colleges
across the UK. T-Levels intend to provide a clear pathway for progression into Higher Level Apprenticeship that can be
obtained within industry. T-Levels will include 15 pathways, which the government plans to introduce in stages.
As part of a T-Level programme, students will need to complete an industry placement.
Industry placements are part of a new government initiative introduced in preparation for T-Levels. T-Levels will
commence within selected colleges from 2020 and Petroc is one of 54 colleges piloting this. All vocational subjects are
involved in the industry placement pilot. This is an exciting opportunity to provide the government with employer
feedback directly from the industry to enact positive change for the future of technical studies.
This initiative will enable 16-19 year olds studying at Level 2 or Level 3 to complete a work placement within their
chosen industry. This placement will be taken on voluntarily by committed learners who see great value in obtaining
first-hand knowledge directly from employers. The learner will already have completed a year of study, equipping them
with a foundation of knowledge before embarking on this placement. A work placement provides employers with the
opportunity to begin to train and shape learners in line with their industry. This should pave the way for future training
and employment opportunities, benefiting both the employer and the learner.
Petroc is dedicated to providing learners with this competitive advantage, through providing insight into the high
demands within the world of work; this will set our learners apart when seeking employment. This scheme will
contribute in developing a strong working partnership with our local employers, bringing together both theoretical and
practical learning. This government initiative allows employers to give back to their community and shape the next
generation of learners.
The placement will consist of 315 hours which equates to 45 days spent within industry. The placement can be carried
out in various different capacities, dependent on what is best for both the employer and the learners (one day a week,
block weeks or during college holidays). The employer has the option to pay the learner at their own discretion, however
this is not a requirement. The length of the placement allows the learner to cultivate an understanding of business, in
order to hone their skills and develop their strengths and technical ability.
The employer will have a dedicated Industry Placement Coordinator, who will work closely with the employer and
learner to develop clear objectives and a structured plan. Clear and effective means of communication will be upheld to
achieve a positive outcome. The Industry Placement Coordinator will be in regular contact via meetings, telephone
calls, emails and site visits to ensure the learner is on track and motivated throughout the entirety of the placement.
Placements are vital to ensure our learners are receiving a well-rounded education and prepare them for their first
steps into the workplace. Please invest in the future of your industry by taking the time to inspire the next generation of
If you are interested in being involved in this new initiative or if you would like further information please contact by
email or telephone.
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