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FOCUS ON EDUCATION: What are T Levels and why are they important for business in Dorset?

Posted on: 11/07/2022

T Levels herald one of the biggest reforms to qualifications for 16-19 year olds in England for many years.

With a staggered introduction of 23 new two-year courses (due to complete in September 2023) T Levels combine classroom learning, practical learning and a substantial 45-day quality-led industry placement and are equivalent to three A Levels (attracting UCAS points in a similar way).

T levels are becoming a significant choice option for students post GCSE and will sit alongside apprenticeships, A Levels and other post 16 qualifications.

T Levels are based on the same standards as apprenticeships but differ in the students they will attract. T Levels prepare students for work, further training or further study whilst the 80 per cent on-the-job element of an apprenticeship is more suited to those students who are ready to enter the workforce at 16.

One of the standout features of the T Level course offer is the involvement of business in its creation, development and implementation. The offer has been developed with direct involvement from employers and businesses to ensure that course content meets the needs of industry and strongly prepares students for work.

The industry placement element offers employers early access to up-coming local workforce talent.

You will see the student working in your business and can consider first-hand if their skills, knowledge and attitude may be a good fit for your company in the future.

The placement will also offer the opportunity to develop in-house mentoring skills, provide extra resource and potentially offer new ideas which may encourage the consideration of new and alternative approaches.

At Weymouth College, we are now opening applications for September 2023 start T Levels in Education and Childcare and Health and Science (Adult Nursing). Would you like to work with us to craft the high-quality industry placement elements for these courses ensuring they work hard for both you and our first wave T level students?

Talk to us today and find out more about how we can work together on our new T Level offer.

01305 761100


This article is featured in the July issue of the Dorset Business Focus magazine. Read on the online version here.


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