T Levels

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What are T Levels?

T Levels are new courses that follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A levels. These 2-year courses, which launched September 2020, have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work, further training, or study.

T Levels offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days).

Employers and providers have been working together to develop each T Level, with support from DfE and the Institute. Groups of employers have defined the skills and requirements for each T Level course by participating in T Level panels.

Timeline for Construction related courses

September 2020 (completed)

  • Design, Surveying and Planning for construction  - you can find out more about the approved T Level here

September 2021

  • Building Services Engineering for Construction
  • Onsite Construction

Information on Industry placements

Every T Level includes an industry placement with an employer focused on developing the practical and technical skills required for the occupation. These will last a minimum of 315 hours (approximately 45 days) but can last longer. Employers can offer industry placements as a block, day release or a mix of these, and can discuss sharing part of the placement with another employer if necessary.

Providers will support employers offering industry placements. This will include assistance with the necessary paperwork, a careful planning process and support with designing the industry placement.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and National Apprenticeship Service (part of ESFA) are working with employers and providers on industry placements.

Employers interested in finding out more about industry placements can contact 08000 150 600, email tlevel.placement@education.gov.uk or visit the employer section of the T Levels website.

Further tools and support can be found here:

Mentoring Resources

Find out how to support young people in Industry placements. Understand the role of a mentor.

  • Strategic Network Development – The role of Line Managers and Mentors Slides
  • Strategic Network Development – The role of Line Managers and Mentors Webinar

If you’re interested in exploring T Level industry placements further, you can access:

  • Tailored support here
  • Tools and guidance here to help you find out more and plan
  • Other useful webinars and workshops here