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Bring a young person into your business through an industry placement

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We help employers to offer industry placements to amazing young people

Most small businesses and charities need an extra pair of hands around the office, but don’t always have the finances to employ someone suitable. 

Similar to a Kickstart placement, a Traineeship or an Internship – T Level industry placements allow you to offer work to a committed young person for an extended period of time. 

Our job at the T Level Gateway is to explain T Levels and industry placements to you – so you understand your role and responsibilities. We then link you to a government-approved T Level provider in your area to continue the conversation. Simple as that. 

Submit your interest and one of our team will be in touch to talk through your specific needs. Alternatively, read the basics below.

The basics

Good length of time

You offer a 16-19 year old T Level student a 45 day industry placementThis could be one day a week for nearly a year, a nine week block (to help with a specific project) or a mixture of the two.

The long length of an industry placement means that you genuinely get an extra pair of hands around the office and students get a real, first-hand, understanding of what it takes to succeed at work.

Wages are optional

T Level students have to complete an industry placement as part of their studies. By offering a placement you are supporting someone apply their learning in a real work environment. This is why wages are optional.

If you can afford to pay someone a wage or help with lunch or travel costs that’s great. The school or college the student is studying with will often be able to access support funding too, if needed. 

Work ready students

T Levels are brand new ‘technical’ courses. They are not easy, in fact they are the equivalent of three A Levels. Students have usually passed Maths and English GCSE to study a T Level and they are keen to get into work and learn real skills on-the-job to support their career.

Employer feedback has been great. If you want to offer jobs to students at the end of their studies, when they know your business, that’s an option too!

T Levels explained

What is a T Level?

T Levels are new, two-year, technical courses for 16-19 year olds. The are the equivalent of three A Levels and aimed at giving young people technical, work-ready, skills that UK businesses need.

What is an industry placement?

Students must do an industry placement as part of a T Level. Industry placements must be a minimum of 315 hours, which is approximately 45 days. Industry placements can be day release, block release or a mixture. 

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The T Level Gateway 

How do we help you?

We believe that T Level industry placements are good for business and good for young people’s career prospects. We also believe that small and medium size enterprises can offer some of the best experiences, but SMEs often need external, impartial and realistic advice before getting involved.

This is where we come in.

The Department for Education (DfE) has commissioned us, Supplytrain CIC, to deliver the T Level Gateway service. We help small and medium size businesses to understand how to host office-based industry placements before signposting you to a suitable school or college with T Level students. We’re always on hand to answer your questions too!

Next steps:

  • Submit your interest
  • We’ll email you an enquiry form to get business specific information
  • Once completed, one of our consultants will call you
  • We’ll help you decide if office-based industry placements are for you
  • If they sound like a good option, we’ll signpost you to a local partner
  • If you need more specialist support, we’ll help you find that too!

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T Level Gateway
The T Level Gateway is a service run by Supplytrain CIC – a social enterprise committed to helping businesses more easily employ and develop young people.

This service is commissioned by:

Department for Education


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