T Levels combine classroom and workplace learning, in the process affording students qualifications that are equivalent to three A levels.

The technical qualifications are designed with leading employers to ensure they meet future skills needs. Students gain a high-quality, nationally-recognised qualification, which includes a substantial work placement with an employer to develop a wide range of career-focused skills and competencies

Spearheaded by a three-way collaboration between education institutions, employers and businesses, T Levels marry skills development to industry’s ever-changing requirements.

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Frequently asked questions

T-Levels give young people the skills and knowledge they need to get a head start in their chosen career and support businesses, like yours.

One of our talented students will be invited to work for you for around 45 days. During this time they will develop skills and build their confidence levels. Placement times can be arranged to suit your business needs.

  • A placement student will help nurture and develop talent
  • Cost-effective recruitment for entry level jobs and potential progression to an apprenticeship
  • Bring in people with new ideas and skills
  • Upskill your staff with the chance to mentor a young person
  • Provide you with extra staffing resource

Apprenticeships are jobs with training, for young people who are ready to work.  An apprentice would spend around 80% of their time working and 20% studying.

T-Levels are for young people who want to continue to study and have the opportunity to gain significant industry experience through their placement.  They will all undergo employability training before they start.

School work experience is typically 1 or 2 weeks.

T-Levels recently launched at Sunderland College and Hartlepool Sixth Form, so we are working with employers who are interested in taking on a placement student in the upcoming academic year.

Ideally, we want you to help design a placement that will both benefit your business and teach your placement student the skills you look for in an employee.

Their work environment must be safe.  The student must also have a manager to support them throughout their placement and to complete appraisals of their work.

You'll receive support at each step of the process.  From making sure that the right student is matched to your business needs, to checking that they are making a valued contribution throughout their time.


There is no legal requirement or expectation that the student will be paid. A placement is a compulsory part of their course.  You may choose to pay a student, if you wish.

The college has access to find and may be able to help with upfront costs like providing protective clothing, DBS checks or specialist equipment.

Employers also have access to a support fund launched by the Department for Education. To find out more, click here.

To find out more about getting involved with T-Level placements, contact us, one of our Business Development Team will be in touch to advise.