T Levels for Employers

What is a T Level?

T Levels are two-year technical qualifications, designed with employers, to give 16-19-year olds the skills that industries need. They will be available across 11 industry routes and become one of the three major options available to students alongside apprenticeships and A level.

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What is NCFE’s involvement in T Levels?

The Education and Childcare T Level will be among the first to be available for delivery from September 2020. In February this year, the Institute announced that NCFE had won the contract to develop the Technical Qualification for this T Level, building on a long history of providing gold standard qualifications through CACHE the leading specialist for the education and childcare sector.

Following this announcement, NCFE has since been awarded the contracts to deliver a further five new T Levels which will be delivered in 2021 in Digital Business Services, Digital Support Services, Health, Healthcare Science and Science T Levels. This mean NCFE will be delivering 6 of the 9 total T Levels awarded to date.

What does the industry placement element of the T Level mean for employers?

Every T Level will include 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.

I’m an employer, how can I get involved? 

NCFE is currently working with employers across the Healthcare and Science, Digital, and Childcare sectors to ensure the validity of the assessments and content of T Level Technical Qualifications. Employers interested in being part of this process are invited to join NCFE’s Employer Validation Panels (EVPs). Your involvement in one of our EVPs will enable you to shape the learning that will ready your sector’s future workforce for employment.

If you would like to work with us in shaping the learning that will ready your sector’s future workforce for employment, then we invite you to join one of our Employer Validation Panels (EVPs).

Interested in offering an industry placement?

To find out how your organisation could offer industry placements to T Level students, visit the Gov.uk website.

Express your interest in supporting the development of T Levels.