T Levels, launched in 2020, are one of the central pillars of the government’s education and skills offer to young people aged 16 to 18, alongside apprenticeships and A Levels. The T Level industry placement component offers a chance for young people to experience the workforce first hand, develop vital new skills and build a relationship with employers in their chosen field.
However, there is some concern that young people will struggle to access industry placements as part of their T Levels in the engineering and manufacturing sectors as challenges remain for employers and providers to offer and secure these placements. We estimate there will need to be a minimum of 30,000, and up to 43,500 placements by 2024/2025 in the engineering and manufacturing sector alone to meet demand going forward.
To ensure that T Levels are successful and provide young people with the opportunity to move into rewarding engineering and manufacturing careers as well as help address the skills shortages in the sector, engineering and manufacturing employers need to feel confident and supported to offer young people industry placements in their companies.
Our joint report with Make UK Unlocking talent: ensuring T Levels deliver the workforce of the future, published in October 2022, highlights a number of barriers holding them back from offering T Level industry placements to young people.
Barriers to offering T Level industry placements:
To address these concerns EngineeringUK and Make UK make a number of recommendations.
Recommendations to government: