What are T Levels?
Launched nationally in September 2020, T Levels are a brand new, 2 year qualification that people can study as an alternative to A-Levels, other post-16 courses such as BTECs or an apprenticeships. The Bedford College Group is running them from September 2021, having previously helped to pilot the work experience aspect of the scheme with some local employers.
T Levels provide students a mixture of classroom learning and “on the job” extended industry experience through work placements totalling 315 hours (equivalent to 45 days) over the duration of their course designed in partnership between the College and employers.
Employers willing to offer work placements can benefit from up to £750 per placement.
One local Bedfordshire company has already seen the value to their business from supporting the work placement scheme:
Tillet & Hague, based at Wrest Park, Silsoe, provided three electrical/electronic engineering students work placements as part of the T Level pilot programme.
Students gained weekly work experience at Tillet & Hague, which initially continued over College breaks and then later, during the COVID-19 pandemic, led to students completing work from home during the initial lockdown period earlier this year.
Following the trial, it led to one student, Bartlomiej Wojcieszynski being offered a Higher Apprenticeship with Tillet & Hague whilst completing an HNC in Engineering at Bedford College.
Nick Tillett, Director at Tillet & Hague, commented “the T Level programme has been a great opportunity for us to get to know the young people and for them to learn how we work first hand. This relationship has been very helpful in planning for future Higher Apprenticeship roles.”
To find out more about offering work placements as part of the T Level programme, contact the Business Development Team on 01234 291747 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or you can find out more about our T-Level Programmes here.
Pictured below is Bartlomiej Wojcieszynski
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