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Engaging employers: T Levels and the industrial placement

18 September 2019, 9:30 am–1:30 pm

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A half-day conference for employers and staff in schools and colleges that will explain how the new T Level qualifications work, the benefits to companies and how to organise industrial placements.

Event Information

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Paul Grainger


Committee Room 1
UCL Institute of Education (IOE)
20 Bedford Way

The T-Levels initiative has the potential to play key in role in improving the work-readiness of young people by equipping graduates with the knowledge and technical skills needed by industry and that employers’ value, but also by developing the broader employability skills through real experience of the workplace.

If these new qualifications are to be a success however, it’s essential that employers are aware of and on board with the reforms. A key element of the T Levels qualification requires students to complete a work placement of 45-60 days in length, covering a minimum of 315 hours. Employers, therefore, will play a vital role in the planned programme.

Yet, recent surveys of employers highlight a lack of awareness amongst employers of what a T-Level is, and crucially what the industrial placement entails. It’s clear that more needs to be done to increase their understanding to ensure they are willing to engage and provide high-quality work placement opportunities.

This half-day event, organised by the Centre of Post-14 Education and Work and the charity Education and Employers, will provide practical guidance on overcoming challenges associated with engaging with employer partners and will highlight effective ways of setting up high-quality placement opportunities.

With workshops from providers and individuals involved in the T Levels pilot, this event will be of particular interest to school and college staff looking for practical guidance in engaging with employers and setting up placement opportunities. The workshops and keynotes will also be of value to employers themselves in understanding the nature of the T-Level qualification, the benefits of being involved and the package of support available. 


09.30 Registration and refreshments

10.00 Chair’s welcome and opening remarks: Dr Lynne Rogers, Co-Director of the Centre for Post-14 Education and Work, IOE

10.10 Keynote 1: Catherine Sezen, 14-19 and Curriculum, Senior Policy Manager - Association of Colleges (AOC)

10.45 Keynote 2: Harriet Harper, Research Associate, Centre for Post-14 Education and Work, IOE

11.05 Refreshment break: tea and coffee

11.25 Workshop 1: Alex Warner, Acting Head of Campus, Reading College - Activate Learning

12.15 Workshop 2: Paul Doherty, Director of Student Employability – University College Birmingham

13.00 Chair’s concluding remarks

13.15 Close and buffet lunch


Tickets are £50.00 per person. This fee is waived for IOE staff.