Nuclear Skills Strategy Group

21 May 2019

More support to help employers offer T Level industry placements

The Department for Education (DfE) has published an update on its planning for T Level placements, and support to employers. It includes a new package of measures so employers can provide the “heart” of T Levels


It had already been announced that within the two-year, classroom-based delivery of a T Level, each student will be required to undertake a meaningful work-based placement designed to support their learning and allow them to experience a real workplace.


The update addresses some of the issues that nuclear sector employers raised during government consultations late last year, and through follow up discussions since then, including at the Nuclear Standards Advisory Group.


Key aspects of the update include:

·        Confirmation that a student’s placement can be split between two employers if appropriate

·        The addition of short “taster” placements for specialist areas

·        The potential to use skills hubs or employer training centres for part of a placement, to improve readiness for access to a live site in Construction or Engineering & Manufacturing

·        Support for employers - A £7m Employer Support Fund to pilot financial support for employers’ costs of participation, and an Employer Support Package of advice and information

·        A requirement that the placement be 315-350 hours (equivalent to approx. 9-10 weeks of full-time work)

·        The potential use of providers’ facilities to accommodate those with special needs, and young offenders

·        The incorporation of relevant part-time jobs

·        The intention to create an Assurance Framework for quality of placements


NSSG is arranging meetings with DfE officials to discuss how the nuclear sector can be used to pilot approaches based on these announcements and other aspects of T Level placement policy.


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