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About 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.

A simpler approach to vocational training

Employers tell us that the current range of vocational education courses is confusing and doesn’t always meet your needs.

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.

T Level employer incentive

Employers can claim £1000 for every T Level student they host on a high-quality 45 day (315 hour) industry placement. Employers can claim for up to 20 students, starting their T Level placements from now until July 2022.

The T Level employer incentive fund, launched in recognition of the impact the pandemic has had on many businesses, is designed to help cover financial constraints employers may face as a barrier to hosting placements in the short term.

Employers interested in accessing the incentive payments and offering T Level industry placements should call 08000 150 600 (choose option 4) or fill out an industry placement contact form.

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