In his Autumn Statement on Wednesday the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced a £1.6bn investment in the new technical post-GCSE qualifications called T Levels.
The Statement also promises a further £550m for developing adult skills in England, signalling an ongoing focus and commitment to the development of skills-based learning in rebuilding our economy.
But a survey published earlier this year by the Institute of Directors showed that employers have little or no awareness of what a T Level is; with only 12% being aware of the new qualification.
Equivalent to three A Levels, the T Level is a technical qualification that has been designed in partnership with employers to ensure the curriculum meets industry needs. Importantly, the two-year predominantly classroom-based qualification includes a 45-day work placement, thus providing valuable practical experience.
South Devon College was amongst the second wave of Further Education providers to deliver the new T Level and we welcomed our first cohorts in Digital, Health and Science and Education and Childcare qualifications last month.
We are now advertising T Levels with qualifications in additional subjects including Business, Engineering, Electrical Installation, Science and Onsite Construction for students starting in September 2022.
The success of this new qualification lies in participation from local employers keen to play host to work placements. There are plenty of benefits in offering a work placement, including developing a recruitment pipeline for your business.
Once their qualification is complete, these students could be your future workforce, whether they come straight into a job role, or go on to study a higher apprenticeship at your organisation. Either way, you will be bringing new ideas and a new perspective, with access to young people from a diverse range of backgrounds needed to innovate successfully and continue to meet changing customer needs.
Employers are able to claim £1,000 for every T Level placement they offer, up to a maximum of 20 placements.
For more information on how you can get started in delivering a T Level placement and to submit an enquiry, visit www.southdevon.ac.uk/t-levels-for-employers
Kerry Pilato, Senior Industry Placement Coodinator, South Devon College
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