How industry placements work

Industry placements are at the heart of each T Levels course. The student’s school or college will support you at every stage so you can focus on getting the most out of your placement student. Here’s an overview of the process:

Find a school or college

Finding the right provider is key. Get in touch with schools or colleges near you to discuss your business, their students and the T Level courses they offer. You don’t need to wait until you have everything in place for an industry placement to partner with a local school or college. It’s often a good idea to get in touch early to allow time for the right conversations.  We have tips on things to think about when choosing a provider and questions you might want to ask them. Find a school or college

Find the right student

Tell the school or college about your organisation, the placement’s roles and responsibilities, and the sort of person you need. The school or college will find suitable students and you can choose the right person for your business. Find out about how to interview, assess and choose the right student.

Plan the placement

This is where you’ll: agree dates and times that work best for everyone  discuss how often the student will attend plan the projects and tasks You can also decide if and how you’d like to pay the student. The school or college will work with you to make sure you know about your responsibilities and will support you with the practicalities like health and safety, insurance and risk assessments. Find out more about: planning projects and tasks industry placement models paying students your industry placement responsibilities legal compliance

The placement itself

When the student is on placement, it’s a good idea to assign a mentor or manager to track their progress against their objectives.  The school or college will always be on hand to help with any questions or issues.  Find out more about: mentoring managing young people who are new to the workplace induction

After the placement

At the end of the placement, you’ll have an end-of-placement review with the student and the school or college. This is when you can talk to the school or college about your experience with the student and give them constructive feedback to help them reflect on their placement and career direction.  This may also be a great opportunity to bring a young person into your workplace permanently and build a pipeline of talent for your industry. If you’d like to continue to work with the student, you can talk to the school or college about hiring them, or taking on another industry placement stud...

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