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T Levels

New industry-focused qualification

T levels were introduced in September 2020 to offer technical education geared towards industry needs. They offer an alternative to A levels and apprenticeships, and prepare students for employment or further study.

How T Levels are being implemented

T Levels offer a technical qualification, covering core theories and concepts for an industry alongside specialist skills and knowledge for a career. They are different to apprenticeships in that they require a greater proportion of classroom study and offer a broader course content.

They have been developed, in conjunction with leading businesses and employers, to create qualifications which provide students with the knowledge and skills to progress. They offer an alternative route to stay in education after GCSEs.

T Levels are two year courses equivalent to three A Levels, offering a mixture of classroom based learning and practical on-the-job experience through an industry placement. The placement lasts a minimum of 45 days and is undertaken in a block, through day release, or a combination of the two. Employers can also share placements which creates added flexibility to provide the best possible support for students undertaking a T Level.

Benefits to industry

For employers T Levels offer smarter recruitment options and opportunities to develop new entrants into the industry. They provide an extra resource to support your business, an enthusiastic student who can provide a fresh perspective and new ideas.

They are also an opportunity to support your local area by offering training and employment opportunities to people from your community.

Employment and skills: a core YORhub value

As a public sector organisation we are acutely aware of how important our actions are in shaping our communities. As such, we have embedded social value into our frameworks to generate positive outcomes and leave a lasting legacy in the communities we work in. A key strand of the social value we deliver is employment and skills. That is why we are excited by the development of construction T Levels.

Employment and skills outcomes are considered for each and every YORhub project. Specific targets are set which match the nature, size and location of the projects being undertaken. The targets cover:

  • school/ college workshops
  • work experience placements
  • apprenticeships
  • higher level skills
  • employment opportunities

YORhub has a proven track record of delivery and success in these areas and we are now incorporating T Levels into our offer.

How YORhub is supporting T Levels

Currently, colleges in Doncaster, Barnsley and Wakefield are offering construction T Levels but we would like more opportunities to open up across the Yorkshire and Humber region. To achieve this, YORhub is working with colleges and schools to adopt construction T Levels into their curriculum, and we are encouraging our suppliers to also strengthen their connection with education and support students with their studies by offering placements.

In addition, we are incorporating T Levels into our employment and skills plans. Suppliers who offer a placement to support a T Level can claim the outcome against the work experience heading in our employment and skills plans. This is achieved by equating a block placement to four two-week work experience placements. Alternatively if placements are undertaken via day release, those can be counted on a pro-rata basis against the work experience targets.