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Digital T Levels

Offer a 16-19 year old a work experience placement at your business as part of their Digital T Level qualification. Learn how to get involved here.

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What are T Levels?

T Levels are a new, 2-year qualification for 16 to 19 year olds. Designed with employers, each T Level is equivalent to 3 A levels and helps young people develop the knowledge, attitude and practical skills to thrive in the workplace. At the heart of each course is a 45-day industry placement. As T Levels roll out, employers across England are partnering with local colleges and schools to do industry placements and we want to highlight this opportunity to techUK members.

Employers can offer industry placements as a block, day release or a mix of these, and can discuss sharing part of the placement with another employer. Placements work for your organisation. They allow you to draw on a temporary and flexible source of talent. They allow you to get to know students who could work for you in the future, raise your profile in the local area and develop the supervision and mentoring skills of your staff. Please find here more information on the benefits of these placements to your businesses.

How to get involved

If you decide to offer a placement, you will get support at each stage of your industry placement journey from the National Apprenticeship Service – from selecting the right student through to managing their contribution to your business. Please find here an FAQs document that answers some of the common questions that employers have been asking.

There is also some financial support available to employers in certain circumstances where they will be able to claim £1000 for every T Level student they host on a high-quality industry placement, as part of a new incentive scheme outlined here.

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Please get in touch to learn more about how your organisation can get involved with T Levels and with any questions you have.

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Support young people 

techUK believes that supporting young people in quality placements as part of a new digital tech focused education initiative is a great way to achieve both goals and so we have committed to work with our members to ensure Digital T Level students have placements from September 2021 with the best tech businesses. This initiative is a fantastic way to support young people during their qualification and give them a wider range of experiences.

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Skills, Talent and Diversity

Making the UK the best place to start and grow a digital business is contingent on our ability to skill, attract and retain the brightest global talent. techUK’s Skills, Talent and Diversity Programme seeks to ensure the UK has a world-leading tech workforce by equipping the pipeline of talent with digital skills to become digital leaders, attracting and retaining a diverse workforce & making sure the UK is an attractive location for talent from across the world.


Future of work

The future of work is changing. Technology is powering a growth in flexible work across the economy, whilst emerging technologies such as robotics and AI are set to become common place. techUK believes the UK must consider the implications of digital transformation in the world of work now, equipping people and businesses across the country with the skills and conditions needed to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the 4IR.



TechSkills, a techUK company, brings together employers and educators to develop the digital talent industry needs. Our mission is to create and promote industry-valued pathways into digital careers.

For more information please contact: 

Nimmi Patel

Nimmi Patel

Head of Skills, Talent and Diversity, techUK

Nimmi Patel is the Head of Skills, Talent and Diversity at techUK.

She works on all things skills, education, and future of work policy, focusing on upskilling and retraining. Nimmi is also an Advisory Board member of Digital Futures at Work Research Centre (digit). The Centre research aims to increase understanding of how digital technologies are changing work and the implications for employers, workers, job seekers and governments.

Prior to joining the team, she worked for the UK Labour Party and New Zealand Labour Party, and holds an MA in  Strategic Communications at King’s College London and BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Manchester.

[email protected]

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