£1,000 incentive for employers offering T-Level student placements

27 May 2021

The Department for Education has confirmed, in a press release, that employers will be eligible for a £1,000 cash incentive in relation to each T-Level student they host on a high-quality industry placement. The incentive scheme launched 27 May 2021.

T-Levels are new technical qualifications which have been created in conjunction with more than 250 employers and are equivalent to three A Levels. The qualifications consist of a mixture of classroom study and industry placements.

Students on T-Level courses must spend a minimum of 45 days, or 315 hours, on industry placements with an employer. This means that they gain hands-on work experience and get a glimpse into the world of work, which will put them in good stead for their future career. The incentive fund was launched to assist those employers impacted by the outbreak of coronavirus, and to make sure that they would still be able to offer the T-Level placements.

Employers can claim for up to a maximum of 20 students for the available T-level subject areas between 27 May 2021 and July 2022.

There are already three T-Levels in place, and they were introduced in September 2020 – they are in Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction, Digital Production, Design and Development, and Education and Childcare. An additional seven will be implemented from 2021, with more being introduced during 2022 and 2023.

CIPP comment

This is the latest in a string of measures implemented by the Government to focus on not just creating jobs, but on creating high-quality jobs and enhancing the skills of individuals. The T-Level incentive payment follows the apprenticeship incentive payment (which is currently £3,000 to employers who take on apprentices) and the £1,000 one-off payment for employers offering traineeships. The CIPP welcomes this focus on the creation of high-quality jobs and the support offered to employers offering various training.

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