T-Levels were heralded as revolution in technical and professional education when they were first introduced in 2020.

North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College (NWSLC) launched its T level programme two years ago with the first cohort of students due to complete their qualifications this month. Businesses within the engineering, manufacturing, and construction sectors have been talking to us about their experiences of engaging with the college’s industry placement programme.

Jason Aldridge, Managing Director, Arrowsmith Engineering

 “We had a particularly good student, Ben, who completed his placement with us, and now we are pleased to have Jack on board. Both are studying T Level Engineering at NWSLC. We see industry placements as an extended interview process that gives students a chance to immerse themselves in the sector and find out what it really feels like to work in engineering.

T Levels are a great introduction to the industry and help to give exposure to businesses within the supply chain. We try to show students that there are interesting jobs at all tiers, not just working for high profile original equipment manufacturers.”

Phil Eves, Education Coordinator, BAM Construction

“Mia joined us on the T Level in Engineering and has just been named as one of the successful candidates to receive an offer to join BAM, along with a number of current T Level students, who have also completed industry placements on sites across the Central Region. Mia’s placement involved her leading the design for a sustainable garden for the Mary Ann Evans Hospice, Nuneaton, as part of an RHS skills competition. She also got involved with learning about the next generation of 4D software at a training session with Aston University. Mia had behind-the-scenes insight into the latest technology and shared her learning with current BAM apprentices. It’s been evident Mia’s confidence has developed in leaps and bounds, she’s made huge progress and was given a boost by the college when she was named as ‘Industry Placement Student of the Year’ at the college’s annual celebration of achievement in January 2024.”

Fran Wilkinson, Quality and Regulatory Manager, Quantamatic

“T Level student Amber has really made her presence felt in the quality team since she started her industry placement in February as part of the Design and Development for Engineering and Manufacturing qualification. Our managing director Samantha Nicolson is very proactive in trying to encourage more women to join the sector, so we were only too happy to offer Amber a placement. T Level placements are a ‘win-win’ all round because it improves our immediate productivity and provides the student with an insight into future careers as well as enabling them to make valuable connections and build a network of contacts.”

T Levels are equivalent to three A Levels, studied over two years and consists of both classroom study (80%) and a 45- day industry placement (20%). NWSLC offers T Levels in engineering, business, digital, education, healthcare, and media. Discover how you can get involved in a way that helps your business, your industry, and your community.