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Boosting the city’s skillset

We’re boosting the city’s skillset by offering these new qualifications.

Comprising classroom learning and high-quality work experience, these qualifications aim to attract new talent to some of the city’s crucial industries and will ensure these students finish their courses ready for university or employment.

T Levels are a new, level 3 technical qualification equivalent to three A Levels, designed for 16 to 18-year-olds to pursue after completing their GCSEs. Our T Level program is a hybrid of classroom study and an industry placement of 45 days to ensure students are well-equipped to work in a variety of sectors and industries.

An industry placement is an extended period of work experience to give students the opportunity to develop their practical and technical skills in a role that relates to their course.

Placements last for 45 days and can be arranged to fit in with your needs.

Download the Department for Education’s Industry Placement FAQs here – T Levels Employer Questions.

Hosting students on industry placements can bring tremendous benefits to your business, such as:

  • Nurturing and developing new talent
  • Cost-effective recruitment for entry-level jobs and Apprenticeships
  • Bringing in people with fresh and imaginative ideas and different skills
  • Upskilling your staff with the chance to mentor a young person
  • Extra resource for specific projects
  • Enhancing your brand image and profile

We are here to support you every step of the way, from ensuring that students are prepared for their placement to regularly checking in with you to see how they are progressing.

Since placements are a part of young people’s studies, they are not paid a salary. However, you can pay them if you wish, or provide assistance with expenses such as travel.

If you want to take on a student for an industry placement, call our Business Engagement Team at 01752 305026 or send an e-mail to employers@cityplym.ac.uk. We will guide you through the process and help you understand what commitments are needed from you, such as

  • providing at least 45 days’ work placement
  • agreeing a work plan with City College Plymouth and the student – these will include relevant learning objectives that are linked to the sector and the student’s area of study
  • making sure the working environment is safe and allow the student to develop their practical skills in a safe way
  • having a dedicated member of staff to mentor and supervise the student, and provide feedback on their progress
  • providing feedback at the end of the placement.

OTHER PLACEMENTS

Even if you are unable to offer a T Level placement, there are students on other qualifications who also complete work experience.

Use the button below to request a callback about offering an industry placement.