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T Levels

Get access to bright, emerging talent through a new government programme called ‘T Levels’. A two-year placement designed to help 16-18-year-old students gain their level 3 qualification by developing skills and knowledge in your industry.

We’re looking for North East employers to team up with us and take part in our T Level project to see how industry placements could help their business as students contribute and support their workforce. You’ll have students in the workplace for 350 hours, working out at around 45 days, with a dedicated college adviser supporting them throughout the entire placement.

By becoming an industry placement partner, it gives you a great opportunity to work with enthusiastic, keen students, who can bring new ideas to your business.

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  • Beauty Therapy
  • Hairdressing & Barbering
  • Catering & Hospitality
  • Early Years
  • Education and Training
  • Floristry
  • Health & Social Care
  • Art & Design
  • Media Production & Games Design
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Counselling
  • Psychology
  • Digital Technology
  • Science & Criminology
  • Business
  • Uniformed Services
  • Sport
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Fabrication & Welding
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Bricklaying
  • Domestic Plumbing
  • Carpentry Joinery
  • Painting & Decorating
  • Plastering & Dry Lining

Industry placements give you:

  • Fresh ideas and input from the next generation.
  • A talent pipeline for the future.
  • A way for you to fill skills gaps.
  • A chance for staff to develop supervisory and mentoring skills.
  • An opportunity to build a more diverse workforce.
  • An enhanced reputation in your community.
  • Over the next few years, T Levels will scale up to include 23 courses, covering 11 skill areas.
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  • Bespoke training programmes to meet your business and apprentice’s needs.
  • Apprenticeships available for new, as well as current employees.
  • Support with trainee progress, recruitment and funding.
  • Off-the-job training to support your trainee in their workplace learning and assessment.
  • Give current employees new leadership skills.
  • Work with the likes of City & Guilds to award nationally recognised qualifications.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s different about industry placements?

These differ from standard work experience placements as they must be related to a student’s chosen area of study.

Placements last for a minimum of 315 hours across an academic year which means the student can develop the skills they really need to progress in your industry sector after college.

Will they be making the tea and photocopying?


Industry placements are all about providing technical and sector specific skills and spending more time with you as an employer. It means the student can work on projects that help them gain the experience they need to start their career in your industry.

Will I have to pay them?

Industry placements are about providing the student with high quality, meaningful training, not work.

Therefore, they are not entitled to a salary as the placement is forming part of a course of further education. There is no legal requirement or expectation that industry placement students will be paid. However, employers may pay the student should you wish to, or support them with their travel and subsistence costs.

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