College offers T Levels incentives of up to £20,000 for employers

Furness College is encouraging employers across South Cumbria to act fast to support the new T Level qualifications and benefit from cash incentives of up to £20,000 for industry placements.

The college will launch T Levels in health, education and childcare, digital and science in September this year with new subjects including engineering and manufacturing in the pipeline.

T Levels are a new two-year technical qualification following GCSEs that offer an equivalent to three A Levels, and feature a compulsory industry placement to support a student’s readiness for employment.

Under the Government’s new incentive scheme firms will be able to claim £1,000 each for each T Level student they host on an industry placement from now until July 2022.

Furness College is partnering with University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust to offer 45-day industry placements to students across its T Level subjects but is urging other organisations to get on board at an early stage.

Assistant Principal for Curriculum Sue Hannan said the qualification provides a brilliant opportunity for businesses to employ young staff who are committed and ready to hit the ground running.

“Organisations that have come through the pandemic and are planning ahead for their future workforce can now get £1,000 if they offer an industrial placement to a T Level student.

“This is the future for technical education and a placement will enable our students to experience the role while the employer benefits from fresh thinking and the new ideas that a 16-18 year old can bring.

“T Levels are attracting the best and brightest students who want a career in a particular sector, are enthusiastic and are determined to achieve.”

She said the college was delighted to partner with the hospitals trust, together with Kendal College, on these placements that sit alongside theory-based classroom learning. Lakes College will also offer T Levels from September this year.

T Levels were designed with input from employers including Ray Olive, Assistant Director of People and Organisational Development at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, who chaired the employer panel and helped to design one of the T Levels.

“I’ve seen first-hand the amount of thought and planning that went into designing these courses to make sure students get the skills and experience that businesses need, and enable them to progress quickly in their careers,” he said. “Now, more than ever and post-pandemic we need enthusiastic and talented young people coming into the profession.  And I can’t think of a better source of young, skilled and ambitious candidates than those that will be taking T Levels.”

For more information about partnering with the colleges on the T Level industry placement contact the colleges or email tlevels@furness.ac.uk

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