Wednesday 2nd June
Employers will be eligible to claim a £1,000 payment for hosting a T Level industry placement that commences between 27 May 2021 – 31st July 2022.
This short-term incentive scheme has been introduced to encourage more employers to offer T Level industry placements, recognising the impact of COVID-19 on the national economy. Employers will be able to claim £1,000 for up to 20 students they host on a 45 day (315 hour) industry placement. This initiative offers businesses an excellent opportunity to tap into the emerging talent pipeline, whilst supporting the skilled workforce of the future.
What are T Levels?
In September 2020, the Department for Education launched the first three T Level qualifications, designed to equip young people with the technical skills on which to build their careers. To achieve a T Level pass every student has to complete a substantial Industry Placement with a local employer as part of their course.
This employer incentive scheme is open to any employer that can offer a suitable industry placement for the T Level subjects available to study within this time, which are:
- Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction,
- Digital Production, Design and Development
- Education and Childcare
Further T-Levels are due to start this autumn.
Gillian Keegan, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills - Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, said employers “are already recognising the value of hosting a T Level industry placement,” as it helps “build the skilled workforce they need for the future”.
She continued to say that this “temporary cash boost will help even more employers to experience the benefits, while also providing young people with invaluable first-hand experience in the workplace”.
Find out more about the incentive scheme’s eligibility and payment process here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/employer-incentive-payments-for-employers-offering-a-t-level-industry-placement/t-level-employer-incentive-scheme-provider-guidance
A new Employer Guide has launched to help businesses understand how to host an industry placement. This includes details on what is expected of employers during the placement. A procurement exercise, of up to £350,000, for an Employer Support Package, will taking place in the summer, for an organisation to offer employers T Levels support. Such support will include delivering webinars, and support sessions across England.
If you would like to find out more about supporting young people through T Level Industry Placements, Apprenticeships, Kickstart or graduate schemes, contact the GBSLEP Skills Hub: https://www.gbslepgrowthhub.co.uk/skills-hub/contact