Industrial placements with Leicester College
T levels are new level 3 technical qualifications. Lasting for two years, they sit alongside traditional A levels and apprenticeships and provide an alternative route into employment or higher study. A key part of T level qualifications is a 45-day industrial placement. They are designed to give students a high quality technical qualification, equipping them with the skills and knowledge which employers are looking for.
The new qualifications are being rolled out from September 2020. In preparation for this we are piloting industry placements for our current level 3 students. The placements will give students the opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge and behaviour in a real working environment, helping to prepare them for further study or paid work.
It’s simple to become an industrial placement employer. All you need to do is contact us on 0116 224 2240 and ask for our Employability Manager – Gemma Jackson – or complete our industrial placement enquiry form.
What are the benefits of offering an industrial placement?
Students on industrial placements are studying at level 3 – which is the same as A level. They bring with them enthusiasm, good subject knowledge and skills to support your business.
- Flexibility: take placement students to fit your business. Placements can be one or two days a week throughout the year; short blocks, one or two weeks at a time; medium blocks, a month at a time; longer blocks, a month or longer at a time; or any other way which fits your business needs.
- Develop staff management and supervisory skills: supervising or managing placement students can help to develop your employees’ leadership skills, boosting job satisfaction and retention.
- Foster future talent: get to know students and identify talented individuals who you may wish to offer employment to in the future. Young people bring a fresh perspective, good subject knowledge and skills, and energy to support your business.
- Extra help at no cost: industrial placement students carry out real work while developing their skills and knowledge. The placement forms part of their studies so they are not paid a salary. You can pay them if you wish or help with things like travel expenses.
- Boost your company’s reputation: people completing placements with you talk to their friends and family, and mention their experiences on social media. A good placement experience can quickly enhance your brand and make you a business people want to work for.
What sectors do we need placements in?
We are looking for employers to provide industrial placements from September 2018 in the following sectors and roles:
- business and administration
- catering and hospitality
- creative and design
- education and childcare
- engineering and manufacturing
- hair and beauty
- health and science
- legal, finance and accounting
How do you become an industrial placement employer?
There are a few things which you will need to commit to, which include:
- Providing at least 45 days’ work placement.
- Agreeing a work plan with Leicester College 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.
More details about employers’ responsibilities and industrial placements is available from the Department for Education.
Other ways to support students
If you are not able to offer an industrial placement there are lots of other ways you might be able to support students to gain experience or an insight into the world of work.
- Come into college and share your industry experiences with students in guest talks or workshops.
- Offer short-term work placements. These may start with just one day.
- Offer opportunities for students to get involved with your community or business events and projects.
- Provide site visits or company tours.